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[ U.S. Frigate General Greene, June 29, 1800 . In a letter to Wilkinson dated July, 1800, Hamilton wrote: “I have this morning the pl⟨easure⟩ of your public and private letter of the 29 of June.” Public letter not found. ]
[ Trenton, October 15, 1799. On October 31, 1799, Hamilton wrote to Wilkinson and referred to “your several communications of the 12th. 15. 19th. & 27 instant.” Letter of October 15 not found. ]
[ Trenton, October 12, 1799. On October 31, 1799, Hamilton wrote to Wilkinson and referred to “your several communications of the 12th. 15. 19th. & 27 instant.” Letter of October 12 not found. ]
[ New York, October 27, 1799. On October 31, 1799, Hamilton wrote to Wilkinson and acknowledged receipt of Wilkinson’s “several communications of the … 13th. 15. 19th. & 27 instant.” Letter of October 27 not found. ]
[ New York, October 19 1799. On October 31, 1799, Hamliton Hamilton wrote to Wilkinson and acknowledged receipt of Wilkinson’s “several communications of the … 13th. 15. 19th. & 27 instant.” Letter of October 19 not found. ]
I have the Honor to inclose you an invoice of Medicine & Hospital Stores, intended for the use of the Troops on the Mississippi & Mobile Rivers, which may I hope be purchased & shiped on the Vessel, which — the ordnance & Military Stores, for the sake of Oconomy, dispatch, & accommodation; I am the more particular in this instance, because the Season has been remarkably sickly on our South...
At foot you have the Corps designated, to which the Infantry of the frontier Garrisons respectively appurtain; it may be Essential to note, that a Sergeant, Corporal, & eight Dragoons are included in the Return for Fort Sargent— Most respectfully I am sir Yr. Ob. Ser Oswego, the Garrison of, is from the 1st. Regt. Niagara. Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Do. Fort Wayne Do . . . . . . . . . . ....
It was not before the last Evening, I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 12th. Febry: altho the messenger who brought it, delivered me philadelphia Papers, as late as the 8th: Ultimo. I regret the delay but cannot account for it. I wrote you five Days since Fort Washington on the Ohio, & now enclose you a duplicate of that Dispatch, by a confidential half-bred Indian, who will bear...
It has been suggested both by the pay Master & Majr Genl Pinkney, that a Lt McCall, now of the 3d. Regt & stationed in Georgia is necessary in that quarter as pay Master, I have therefore, for accommodation of the service, ventured to transfer Mr. McCall to the 4th. Regt., which may I hope meet your approbation. In arranging with Mr Swan for the pay of the Troops on the Missippi, I have named...
Genl. Hamilton will find in the “Reglemens pour L’infanterie Prussienne” many substantial principles of duty & of service, inapplicable perhaps to our Modes of thinking & acting, but susceptible of modification. Brig Genl. W. begs leave to refer to the Chapter on “Subordination” in the second Volume particularly—and will be obliged by General Hamiltons attention to the Letter for Lt. Boote. AL...
After a variety of difficulties and disappointments which will be detailed to you in a moment of more leisure, I arrived in this city yesterday at noon & have been well received, the ordinance Brig is here in safety and will proceed on her voyage up the river for Loftus’ Heights without unnecessary delay, but altho’ the attempt will be made, on a ground of œconomy, to accomplish the deposit of...
Indisposition Sir has prevented my seeing you, since the day before the last. I have a terible Cold, caught I know not how. If the Ministers report be correct, & it accords with my own information, & that of the adjutant Generals Office—the 1st. and 2d. Regiments want each two Mates, and the 3d. and 4th. each one, to compleat the Establishment, which should I humbly conceive be appointed, &...
In my Letter of the 21st. Ultmo., I communicated to you my intention, to transfer Capt. Shaum Burgh to the 3rd. Regt., the public Service being materially Interested in that such Measure, and I will now ask your approbation of this proposition, if compatible with your views; I will also request of you to arrange Lt. Boote to the Pay Masters Office of the same Regiment, & will take on myself to...
I arrived here on the 3rd Inst. & expect to Embark on the 10th. directly for the port of your residence. I have Offered two & would have given four hundred do⟨l⟩lars for a passage in the Sloop which bears this as she is reputed a good sailer, but find myself excluded by a band of Kentuckeans, who anticipated my application. Contrary to my expectations I do not find an armed Vessel in port, &...
I have the Honor to inclose you for consideration, an Account of my necessary Expences, since I left my Head Quarters on the Mississippi agreably to your Orders, with vouchers to support them—The Acct marked private is to evidence that I have not charged all my Expences for subsistence, indeed a variety of minute expences are omited, & I have made no charge for personal indulgences—yet the sum...
I have received your Testimonials in favor of Mr. Ellery & Mr. Alexander, which flatter my pride & gratify my affections, because they bring me Evidence of your remembrance, & inform me that you repose some confidence in the assurance, by which I am bound to receive your Commands, & to Honor your recommendation. The merited repute of this Interesting portal, to worlds known & unexplored, is...
Balise, Mouth of the Mississippi, July 3, 1799. “I reached this place the 30th. Ultimo where we are detained for a Wind to pass the Bar.… Immediately after my Arrival At New Orleans, I droped you a line by a Sloop, bound directly to New York, and I send this by the Schooner two Brothers bound to Baltimore. I am on Board the Willm. of Charlestown bound to London, to touch at the Port of your...
I have written officially to you this Day, under cover to the Minister of War agreably to form, and I address this to you direct at New York, by way of collateral security to my purpose, through the Hands of our Consul in the Havanna, who will probably receive it in the course of the Day, by a vessel now in Company with us & bound to that port— From the 24th. Ultmo., until the Day before the...
After writing the Minister of War on the 30th ulto. agreably to the enclosed copy & after having received a Pilot on board the Patapsco, we were driven to sea and tossed about by a furious storm, for five days without intermission, nor were all our efforts sufficient to regain our lost ground until the 7th inst when I landed at the Balise, where I found a barge in waiting from the Governor of...
Since I had the Honor to address you on the 15th Inst: delays unexpected (which to me are in a great measure incomprehensible) have occurred, to detain me in Hampton road until this Day, & I avail myself of the return of the Pilot Boat to make this communication to you. Whilst smarting with chagrin at the delays & disappointment I have experienced, so repugnant to my expectations & my Habits,...
You have under cover the copy of my requisition for provisions to the Contractor, of which I am desirous to have your opinion—The demand has been regulated by the present strength of our Garrisons, by the changes contemplated, the augmentation expected, and the occupancies intended—You will perceive that the sum demanded at the proposed Head-quarters, at Fort Adams, Fort Wayne, Detroit, &...
A confidential opportunity having offered to New Orleans, I avail myself of it, to give you the following extract from a Letter just recd. from Governor Gayoso & dated the 15th Inst. “Your instructions to Captn Shaum Burgh, are not only according to the strictest discipline, but they show your Genls. evident disposition, to cultivate the best understanding between our Nations. “The party...
Natchez [ Mississippi Territory ] May 24, 1799 . “Immediately after I received your Letter of the 12th: Feby: I dispatched an Express over land to Mobile, to gain intelligence of the Detachment, which had marched to take post on that River.… The Night before the last, I had the satisfaction to receive assurances from the Commanding officer, that He had reached the point of his destination …...
However unexpected & painful our tardy progress, I believe it will be satisfactory to you to know, that we are thus far safe, and that after a series of obstructions from Winds & Waves, unexampled to our Company, we have now a fair prospect of a speedy termination to our voyage. The average run from our present position, to the Mouth of the Mississippi, is eight Days, incident nevertheless to...
The Man who has been so frequently assailed by insidious slanders as myself, cannot be too circumspect or too vigilant. As my visits from Baltimore to the lower Counties of Maryland, & the unexpected detention of the patapsco, may be either misinterpreted or misrepresented, I venture to trespass the following details on your time; for altho I may consign to others contempt, the Envies, the...
The order under cover will best explain to you, the Embarrassment I suffer for want of the Information & advice, I have long since sollicited from you. Without daring to condemn, I will lament your neglect of me, because it retards my puny arrangements, & prevents the completion of any system whatever: conscious of the variety, the extent, & the purpose of your Engagements at all times, to...
I arrived here on Saturday & shall proceed on my Journey the 15th., and expect to reach Norfolk on the 20th. I take the Liberty to submit the enclosed to you from Lt Claiborne, who stands for a Company in place of Kreemer disgraced, and to advise that He should receive recruiting Instructions, in order to compleat his Command—altho unauthorized I can not forbear offering the Opinion, that the...
Brigr. Gen. Wilkinson has the Honor to transmit Majr. Genl Hamilton, an original communication from the Officer commanding Fort Massac, near the Mouth of the Ohio River, which appears to Him to merit some attention. He sends the Original, because the retention of it, is important to the Brigadier, & may be most properly deposited with the Majr. General. The debauch & consequent absence of the...
I have the Honor to transmit you a second Letter from Capt Claiborne of the 1st. Regt., and beg leave to second his views as far as may be consistent with your arrangements—I am assured here that he is no longer necessary to guard the Frigate, & that his Men are in the Way of the Builders & Riggers— With perfect consideration I am most respectfully Sir Yr. Obt Ser ( ALS , Hamilton Papers,...
I have your favor by Van Ranselear & shall support his Views with my utmost Ingenuity, tho tis a difficult case & our Secty is I fear rather timid. He may however be held on the Rolls on the ground of expediency, until the Legislature meets, & then the glaring propriety, not to say necessity, of the establishment, will certainly give us a remedy even among Demons or Idiots. I am sorry to press...
The Bearer of this Letter Mr. Fletcher of New England, has made a short speculative vissit to the Territory, and can detail to you whatever may affect the national Interests or local concerns in this quarter. He is a Man of sense and I regard Him, because He admires, respects, & loves you. I beg you to bear in Mind, that my continuance here will depend much on the Secretary of the Navy, for I...
I discredited a rumour at the Havanna, that our auxiliary force was disbanded, because I could find no reason to justify the measure, & it was not until my Arrival at Norfolk the 13th. Inst: that this unlooked for Event was confirmed. The expression of my regret & disgust on this occasion, might under the consequences which have ensued, produce doubts of my sincerity. I therefore will wave the...
Although you can have no motive for desiring to extend the circle of your acquaintance, yet I am persuaded your Hand & your Heart will ever be free, to the Honourable, the amiable & the erudite of whatever clime or Country; under this impression I have presumed to introduce to you Mr John Forbes of Pensacola, principal Copartner in America, of the opulent & respectable House of Paton & Leslie,...
Your Letter respecting Hamtramck & Lt Claiborne, has come to Hand & is the last I have received from you. I left Phila. the 16th. Inst, arrived here the 17th. & shall sail Tomorrow in the Vessel intended for me, requiring so much time for equipment. From some conversation with the Secy of War, the Day before I left Phila. I fear the proposed organization of the four old Regts: will be cut up,...
I arrived at this place on the 22nd. inst. and find our military concerns, as far as my observation has extended, in good order; I am making up a report, in detail, which will be transmitted over land to you, and in the interim I send this letter to New Orleans, to take its chances by sea, in order to apprize you, that the Officers of the 3rd Regiment, on this station, having named Lieut....
Soon after writing you from Baltimore on the 21st Ulto. I discovered that Capt Geddes, who commands the vessel in which I sail, had been deceived in his calculation of time necessary to prepare for Sea, and he did not leave Baltimore until the 29th, nor reach this place until the 9th Inst., where the Store Brig had been waiting for us more than two weeks. Capt. Geddes found it necessary to...
I wrote you on the 27th Ulto. over land, via Fort Washington agreeably to the enclosed duplicate, which was accompanied by the papers and documents therein mentioned. I avail myself of a safe opportunity to New Orleans, to send this to our Consul there, Mr Jones, with directions for its transmittal by sea, for your satisfaction and that of the Executive. The garrisons of Fort McHenry and...
I wrote you the Day before yesterday, via New Orleans, & have now the Honor to inclose you a triplicate of that Letter, with the Copy of a communication of this date to the Pay Master General, respecting the paymaster of the Troops in this Quarter: on this subject having recommended Lt. Boote to you for the appointment of paymaster to the 3rd. Regt. before I sailed from the Chesapeake, I have...
My anxiety to reach the Station you have assigned me, after delays long, painful, & unexpected, but on my part unavoidable, has determined me to forego the pride, pleasure, & Interests of a personal Interview with you, and to proceed by the Cheasapeake & the shortest route to pitts Burgh; I will acknowledge that considerations of Œconomy, furnish subordinate motives for this Step. I have my...
I transmit you under cover a duplicate of my last communication, and have the singular pleasure to inform you that the Snow Acteon, with the ordnance & public Stores, shiped for this post at New-York arrived here on the 21st. instant, in thirty days from New Orleans; by this operation much time and much expence has been saved, and the delusions which have prevailed with regard to the...
I send you the only Letter Book I have with me—unfortunately the most material one has been left behind. The inaccuracies of the copiest may be readily excused, but the frivolity & fallibility of Intellect, too current in my correspondence with the Minister, will require an exertion of your indulgence. My humiliation has been profound, my sufferings exquisite, whether justly or unjustly you...
It is a truth, that in the variety of my Life, I have very seldom experienced so essential a privation, as the loss of your Society. I should find difficulty in the discrimination, but you have Interests about you, which I have never discovered in another, matter to captivate the understanding, & manner to charm the Heart—pardon this effusion of grateful Friendship, since it gives pleasure to...
It is in consequence of an order from the Minister of War received on the 4th. Inst., that I have now the Honor to begin my correspondence with you. Accustomed to the frankness of a Soldier, nothing less than the fear of incurring the imputation of adulation or of impertinence could prevent the expression of my feelings on the occasion, but altho I wave professions, I may express the high...
I have the Honor to submit to your Consideration, a rough delineation of the Maritime Coast of the United States, and those parts of the interior of our Country, which lay contiguous to the Dominions of Great Britain and Spain, as far North as the “Saut de St. Marie,” with the intention to exhibit to you, at one View, the Military posts occupied at this time by the several Powers, and such as...
General Wilkinson will be much obliged to General Hamilton, for information of the following Heads, & will be happy to receive it, as soon as may be Convenient Vizt. The Disposition & Strength of the 1st. and 2d. Regimts., with the present Station of the Officers of those Corps. The Strength, position & orders of the several recruiting parties, whether Stationary or in March. The Destination...