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From Alexander Hamilton to Jonathan Dayton, 18 March 1799

To Jonathan Dayton1


New York March 18th. 1799

Dr Sir

The enclosed letter to Major Ford2 directs him to take the command of some detachments of Artillerists which have been ordered to march as auxiliaries to the Volunteers under Mc:Pherson destined against the Northampton Insurgents.

Be so good as to have it forwarded by an expeditious and certain conveyance by express if none other equally prompt and certain offers.

Do me the favor also to inform me confidentially what is Ford’s character as an Officer and as to political principle.

Yrs truly

A Hamilton

Copy, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see James McHenry to H, March 15, 1799.

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