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I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Commission of Surveyor of this Port by yesterday’s post, bearing date the 24th. Ulto.— Accept of my grateful acknowledgements for this additional mark of your confidence and attention.—I took the oath of office yesterday Noon and shall this morning enter on the duties of the station—You may rest assured Sir, I shall by an attentive examination...
I have the Honor to inform you, that the Union Brigade which consisted of the 11th. 12th. & 13th. Regts. of Infantry, are agreable to your orders disbanded—They have retired from Service, with a dignity becoming Soldiers, in the service of a free and enlight’ned People— There retirement from the field has been without confusion, Disturbance or riot, and meets with the applause of the adjacent...
I am at present much occupied in closing the military scene here, I shall effect it fully on the 14th. conformable to the wishes of Government—there is every appearance of its being closed with military propriety— concluding the perusal of the enclosed would give you pleasure, I transmit it—it might perhaps not be amiss to put it in one of the Boston papers.— Mrs: Smith and Caroline are well...
Inclosed I have the Honor of Submitting two General Orders, that of the 22d. will shew, that I have fully discharged the duties of my military Station, and I once more retire from Service with applause—The other of the 31st. orders me to remain and continue to make and carry into effect such ulterior arrangements as may be necessary untill further orders. It appears to me, it would have the...
I have been honoured by the receipt of your letter enclosing a Copy of one from the Secretary of War, I am fully convinced he is in error—as it relates to myself I am content, but as it relates to the President I am not—The senate & House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled pass an Act to provide an additional regiment of artillerists and Engineers. The...
I have the Honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 30th. informing me that Major Tousard is arrived for the purpose of recruiting six companies of Artillerists, and requesting me to give facility to the accomplishment of the object. If The Government requires six Companies of Artillerists from this Brigade, I believe they can be completely furnish’d by the evening roll-call—but...
Inclosed I have the honor of Submitting to your perusal a Letter this day received from The President, with a Copy of one from The Secretary of War which I should thank you to return. I shall make no comments on the observations of The Secretary, tho’ there are great Grounds. I should be much flattered if in your communication to the President, I should, if it is only pro hac be charged with...
The brigade, which as Lieut. Col. commandant, I have had the honor to command, being on the point of dismissal, I take the liberty of suggesting, that the officers & soldiers are well instructed in the duties of their profession, & it would be of great public benefit, if as many of them, as might be requisite, should be taken to fill up the corps, government have concluded to retain in...
The brigade, which as Lieut. Col. commandant, I have had the honor to command, being on the point of dismissal, I take the liberty of suggesting, that the officers & soldiers are well instructed in the duties of their profession, & it would be of great public benefit, if as many of them, as might be requisite, should be taken to fill up the corps, government have concluded to retain in...
I have the pleasure to inform you that such attention has been paid, to the soldier who I reported on the 2d. inst. as having broke out with the small-pox, that he is in a fair way of a speedy recovery—and that there is no appearance of the disorder having been communicated to others the attentions of Doctor Trowbridge of the 13th. are very conspicuous in this, as in most other cases, and...
I have the honor of acknowledging the receipt of your Letter of the 9th. In addition to my report of the 7th. inst., and upon a personal examination of Cornwell, I find, that Lt. Cuyler gave him 3 dollars when he enlisted—he also gave him an order on Capt. White for four Dollars and fifty Cents, which he told him Mr. Hugh Daniels a store keeper would receive as cash, and supply him from his...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receeipt of your Letter of the 3d. enclosing one from His Excellency Govr. Jay, stating in strong terms the complaints of Benjamin Cornwell and John Coles who have presumed to speak with indignation to His Excellency relative to their officers—who promised them 12 Dollrs. Bounty the one has received but seven Dollrs. & 50 Cents—of course 50 Cents are still...
Lt. Dwight of the 2d. Regt. this morning presented your Letter of the 19th. of Feby. agreable to its contents I have arrested him—I am not furnish’d with charges against him, if you will do me the Honor of forwarding them, with the names of the Witness’s, his case can be proceeded upon Immediately, by the Court Martial whereof Lt. Colo. Comdt. Taylor is President— I have the Honor to be with...
It is my duty to inform you, that a Soldier of the 13th. Regt. broke out yesterday with the small-pox— There are a number of men in that regiment & some few in the others, who have not had it, would you wish those who have not had it, to be inoculated or would you prefer that attention should be paid, to check the spreading of it? On the first symptoms, the soldier was moved to the hospital in...
I have experienced several difficulties in the course of the Winter, in consequence of the lattitude given in the Contract, to the Contractor—I was in hopes to have got thro’, the spring, without troubling on the subject of his arrangements—But notwithstanding my influence with the troops, and my indulgence to the Contractor, founded on his Repeated promises to issue better provission’s—I am...
Not having the honor of hearing from you on the subject, of Doctor Davis joining the Regiment as second mate, it becomes my duty to communicate to you the necessity of Doctor Douglass having an assistant, the Regimental duty in the medical Department, is really too weighty to rest on one Gentleman—Doctor Douglass has been very attentive to the duties of his station, & I should suppose him...
I have the Honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 23d. relative to the General orders of the 11th. of March not being complied with by the 12th. Regt. I immediately wrote a note to Major Fondy demanding the reasons for this apparent neglect, the enclosed No. 1. is his answer, which is respectfully submitted, The Paymaster of the 12th. Regt. was in New York attending at the...
Having had the Honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 23d. inst. and answering that part of it, relative to the Clothiers department—I have the Honor to inform you that the reason why the order of the 7th. relative to the returns for Camp equipage and utensils were not before this made out, proceeded from a want of a proper communication from the Quarter Master Generals...
Inclosed I have the Honor of presenting the returns from the surgeons of the three Regiments under my Command, of the medicine wanted in each for immediate use, and those articles on Hand which are not fit for use You will observe by the dates of the returns it has not been in my power more promptly to attend to the communications on this subject which you were pleased to make under date of...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Letters of the 11th. 15th. & 18th. of the present month, the returns for medicine shall be immediately forwarded—Hill will of course wait his Tryal, by a General Court martial—a few day’s after he was brought to camp, I sent the sergeant major of the 2d. Battalion in disguise to the place where, Hill informed me his comrade was, who enticed...
In consequence of your Letter of the 10th. inst. I have made enquiry into the case of the claim of Daniel Jones, relative to the enlistment of Henry Fennimore a soldier or rather a Corporal of the 11th. Regt. Inclosed I have the honor of submitting the report of the officer Commanding the 11th. in Camp, on the subject, and shall of course, pause for your further orders. I have the Honor to be,...
I have this moment received yours of the 10th. Inclosing a Letter from Daniel Jones of Philadelphia addressed to The Secretary of War of the 5th. inst. I shall most assuredly attend pointedly to your request, and make enquiry into the case, and report the Circumstances without delay—I have the Honor to be, with great respect Sir, Your most Obedt Humble Servt. ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library...
It is my duty to present the Inclosed Letter from the Surgeon of the 13th. Regt. addressed to me, with a Copy of my answer— I understand the medicine was supplied on the order of the D. Qr. Mr. Genl. by Mr. Dayton the Contractor— I must solicit your interference on this important point, and doubt not if you favour us with it, but we shall be well supplied in future— I have had many unpleasant...
William Hill a soldier of the 12th. Regt. a few Day’s past, having been to a neighbouring Dram shop, where he was induce d to take a glass too-much, deserted, and was taken at the fishing place, on staten Island—and brought back to the Regiment—his Conduct is the cause of great distress to himself, and his associates, the best Soldiers of the Regiment they have shewn extream sensibility on the...
I have the Honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 30th. I am much gratified that the proceedings of this Brigade meets with your approbation, I hope it will be entitled to your good opinion and wishes to the end of its military Career—my assiduities and pointed attention shall not be wanting— I have daily causes of exultation, and am very frequently complimented, By The...
Inclosed I have the honor of presenting Capt. Pattersons Letter of resignation his particular situation, and the distress it will cause to Mrs. Patterson should he not obtain permission to retire from Service, will no doubt have their full weight on your mind, These and Circumstances connected, with the general situation of affairs, and his candid declaration that his continuance in service,...
Inclosed is a Letter delivered by Capt. White of the 12th. you will notice it, to be, the resignation of Tobias V. Cuyler. I have the Honor to be, with respect Sir, Your most Obedt Humble Servt. ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Inclosed I have the honor of Submitting to your consideration the alterations of the plan for the formation of a Regiment for Exercise or Battle, forwarded in your Letter of the 26th ulto, you will observe that I am decidedly of opinion, we should fix our firm reliance on the well organised Battalions—the Brilliant dashes and light touches of advanced, Light Infantry—will not answer our...
The Bearer Justus Cadwell the soldier of the 13th. whose place was proposed to be supplied Abner Chapel, having rejoined his regiment upon the expiration of his furlough, I have concluded it would furnish you with an opportunity of carrying your intentions promptly into effect by giving him a pass-port to Head Quarters— He will of course deliver this Letter, & not doubting but you have...
Union Brigade [ Scotch Plains, New Jersey ] April 2, 1800 . “I have been honoured by your Letter of the 27th. ulto.… The communications you wish made in the public papers, shall receive my earliest attention.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 27th. ulto. bearing the post mark of the 31st. containing a schedule of articles said to be furnished by The Contractor under my order—and upon examining your Letters, you find, the articles marked are not included, in any of the directions general or Special which you have given—and request me to inform you whether they have...
Union Brigade [ Scotch Plains, New Jersey ] March 31, 1800 . “I have had the honor of receiving yesterday your Letter of the 26th. enclosing the project for the formation of a Regiment for exercise and Battle. I feel a diffidence in revising it, but … I will however endeavour to overcome that diffidence, and give the subject my earliest attention conformable to your wish.…” ALS , Hamilton...
Agreably to your request, I have had Abner B. Chapel of the 13th. mustered, and enclose the necessary Certificate Signed by the surgeon and the officer Commanding the Regiment, it is arranged I believe conformable to the Contents of your Letter of the 26th. supposing you might wish to file the original papers, I return them and have the Honor to be with great respect—Sir, Your most Obedt...
I have communicated to Colo. Ogden the arrangements I have made relative to the experiments I am making on the proper measure of the pace, as stated in your Letter of the 18th. to whom at present, I beg leave generally to refer you. I have made arrangements to procure the necessary pendulums to correctly mark the cadence of the common 75—Quick 100—& wheeling times 120. pr. minute, I must...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Letters of the 18th. and 20th. inst. I will immediately make arrangements to have the experiments made on the proper measure of the pace recommended, and report the result— With respect to the relative rank of the officers of the 12th. I have always acted upon that which I received from you, as decisive, making the subsequent alteration of...
Mrs: Smith is playing with Caroline and having wrote yesterday, says I must introduce The Bearer—Brigade Major Coxe of the 12th. Regt. to the drawing room—he visits Philadelphia on Furlough, proposing to spend a few day’s there, Should he be there on a drawing room, day, permit his admittance, and be pleased to let Mr. Shaw to be attentive to him for the sake of his gout . he is entitled to...
I am much incommoded by the Conduct of Store keepers, who have built small Houses, near the line—I have centinels posted near to prevent soldiers going in their houses, but it has very little effect—by the enclosed reports of the officers of the day, you will notice in part the Conduct of these people—will you favour me with your advice, how I can treat them? I have the honor to be with great...
Union Brigade [ Scotch Plains, New Jersey ] March 17, 1800 . “Not thinking it prudent to leave the sons of St. Patrick to frolick without my superintendance in Camp, I have declined the invitation from the Inhabitants of New Ark, to spend this day there. Our Camp is in mirth but not improperly. It is now 3. oClock, & St. Patricks most Zealous sons, are pretty tranquil. Enclosed are some...
Enclosed I have the Honor of submitting a Letter this day received from Mr. Samuel Davis and solicit your instructions, relative to the answer to be given, I have the Honor to be with great respect—Sir, Your most Obedt Humble Servt. ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have the honor of Submitting to your perusal, a Letter addressed to me by Capt. Kirkland—and an examination of Doctor Douglass—and Sergeant Chase—to which I beg leave to refer you, as explanatory of the Circumstances which took place, between Capt. Kirkland & Mr. Gridley, as stated in the affidavits which you forwarded and requested me to enquire into—and report— I have the Honor to be, with...
Union Brigade [ Scotch Plains, New Jersey ] March 13, 1800 . Recommends “Major Shute of the 11th.… as a Candidate for the office of Supervisor of the State of Newjersey.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. William Shute was a veteran of the American Revolution and a resident of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Nothing but a point of the most delicate Honor, could have induced me to leave this Cantoonment for 12 Hours, without having previously obtained your permission as Commanding General, but the situation of that pledge is such, that I am under the necessity of presenting myself to you, without obtaining that permission. I shall do myself the Honor of presenting myself to you on monday at 12...
Agreably to your request I have made the necessary enquiries, relative to the enlistment of Levin Magee, I find that he left his fathers House, with an intention to enter on Board of Some ship, at Philadelphia, that he went there the latter part of June last or the beginning of July, but not finding a berth to his mind, he returned to Dover , determining to enter the army, that he presented...
I addressed you about the 20th. ulto. on the Subject of Capt. Kirklands business, in consequence of the Letter received from you with its enclosures from Albany and in a Letter of the 5th. mentioned the state of his health &c Solicitous however, to comply with your wishes, I have urged the necessity of his enabling me fully to state his situation and Conduct at the time, Mr. Gridley’s...
Capt. Samuel White of the 11th. Regt. has acted as Judge Advocate of all General Courts Martial, that have been held in this Brigade, he first commenced on the 2d. of Novr. is still by the orders of the 18th. ulto. instituting the General Court martial whereof Major Fondey is President designa ted by the General Orders to do that duty—I do myself the Honor to enclose a Copy of the Brigade...
I have the Honor to acknowledge the receipt of two letters of the 21st. and two of the 25th. ulto. I have taken measures to obtain correct information, of the disturbances which took place at Elizabeth Town, between Capt. Courtlandt & Lt. Livingston, with some people at a public House. The account in the news paper is grossly exagerated as appears to me, from the statements I have already...
I have been honoured by your Letter of the 18th—I have noticed its Contents, I consent to your wishes, and I will smother my own, if my heart cracks—My Idea of happiness rests on the ability properly exercised—to promote the happiness of others, whenever I am furnished with this ability I exercise it, and consider myself obliged by the oportunity, I have written to Mrs. Smith, & you will...
Permit me to introduce to you my particular friend Mr. Hardy of newyork, he visits Philadelphia, as a Candidate for public office—highly recommended—I have broke in upon my general rule and have taken the Liberty to give him a Letter to The President to which permit me to refer you, Mr. Hardy’s merits as an officer, and Conduct as a Gentleman, entitle him to civilities and attention. permit me...
I have received your letter, by the Paymaster, of the 12th. I see your embarrassments, and if I were not prominent to relieve you from them, I should forfeit my charter— the roads are bad, the season is inclement, the Delaware is almost impassable—your mamma cannot bear to part with you, and the President does not know how to let C—— go . These are truths which nobody can deny. I will continue...
I have the Honor to inform you that in obediance to The Proclamation of The President of the United States, recommending that on the 22d. day of Feby. public testimony should be given of the grief of our Nation for the death of General George Washington by suitable Eulogies, orations and discourses, or by public prayer—the Union Brigade discharged the duty required with respect & reverence—a...