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I have received your several letters of the twenty third of September and of the fourth and eighth of October. No particular rules were laid down for the government of the Colonels and Majors in the arrangement of relative rank as it was supposed that they wod. naturally take into consideration all circumstances which, in a military point of view, give one man the preference to another. Former...
The Deputy Pay Master General, in a conversation which I have just had with him, stated to me that altho near three thousand dollars were due to the fourteenth regiment on the thirty first of October, yet pay and muster rolls were not received by him untill the close of January when no time was lost in taking the necessary measures for a settlement. He further states to me that pay and muster...
If the troops should continue at their encampment beyond the fifteenth of the Month they will draw provisions as usual. I shall set out for Oxford on Friday next, when there I shall give direction relative to the Hutts. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For H’s trip to New England, see the to H to Benjamin Stoddert, June 6, 1800 .
Enclosed is a copy of a letter which I have received from Captain McKay of your regiment. You will perceive in it a request of absence for the space of six months. The time is very long, and, as a precedent, might involve inconvenience; but the reasons on which the request is founded appear to be peculiar, and dispose me to go as far as the service of the regiment will, in your opinion,...
I have received your letters of the 20th and 25th of November. A Judge Advocate General it is expected will be appointed, but permanent appointments of an inferior kind are not provided for by law. Of course only occasional appointments can be made on special occasions, and to these no compensation can be annexed. I am satisfied with what you have done on the subject of the Court Martial; But...
Inclosed is a plan of the Formation of a Regiment for Exercise or Battle, of which I request your mature consideration, and that you will favour me as early as may be with the result of your reflections. The more careful and particular your criticism, the more will it oblige me. ADf , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. In the margin of this letter H wrote: “Two copies as in the original...
Your letters of the 19 & 28 of April have duly come to hand. You have been informed that the Bond of your Pay Master must be to the UStates of America. The orderly course of supplies to your Regiment requires the speedy appointment of your Quarter Master. That of your Adjutant may wait as long as you shall find expedient. I am satisfied with the division you have made for the Circle within...
Inclosed is a duplicate of my letter of the by which you are instructed to purchase ground for the purpose of Winter Quarters. I am now to request that you will immediately require of the Contractors to procure on public account the number of boards or slabs or both which you shall deem requisite for the roofs doors & windows of hutts sufficient for Two complete Regiments with their Officers...
I have just received a letter from the Secretary of war in which he informs me that the resignation of Lieutenant Samuel W. Church of your regiment is accepted. You will please to signify the same to Lieutenant Church, and inform me when he actually receives the notice. With great consideration   I am &c. &c. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. James...
I have received your letter of the thirty first of August. You will recollect that it has been referred to you in conjunction with your majors to prepare an arrangement of relative rank for your regiment. This has not yet been done. Should Mr. Roulstone be placed first on the list of second Lieutenants he will have the place which you request for him in the regular course of military...
I have received your letter of the twenty first of April. I intend to make it a general rule that discharges of soldiers be founded on the certificate of the Inspector and Surgeon approved by the Commanding officer. When the cases you speak of come to me in that form I shall be ready to act upon them. The subject of double rations has been so often matter of communication with the S of War...
The Secretary of War informs me that the resignation of Lieut W. Church of the fifteenth regiment is accepted. You will make this known to Col. Hunnewell that it may be communicated to Lieut. Church. You will inform me of the date of the notification to Mr. Church. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. See H to James McHenry, March 11, 1800 ; McHenry...
I have just received your letter of the 25th of February. The employment of the men in cutting and hauling their own wood was certainly proper in itself, as well as consistent with the usage of service. Their conduct therefore was very atrocious and demanded decisive measures. The direction which I some time ago gave you to refer to me for the appointment of a General Court Martial proceeded...
I have received your letter of the twenty fourth of April. At present things will continue as they are, a guard continuing to be furnished from the Artillerists at New Port. It is not improbable that the brigade under your command will be removed to Rhode Island before long. In that case the Artillerists will be releived agreeably to Major Jackson’s request. With great consideration   I am Sir...
Oliver Emerson, Cadet in the fifteenth regiment, has applied to me for a discharge from the service. You will deliver the enclosed to him accordingly. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How and H, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Emerson to H, March 19, 1800 (listed in the appendix to this volume).
You will be pleased to cause to be furnished to Capt Amos Stoddard out of the articles now in the possession of your Brigade arms and accoutrements for twenty men—also two horsemens tents and sixteen privates tents. You will likewise cause to be furnished to Major Buel the like articles for as many men as he may now have & shall engage out of your Brigade not exceeding four Companies. With...
Altho’ I have not been officially advised of it, yet I have received information sufficient to satisfy me that an act of Congress has passed for disbanding the twelve additional regiments on or before the fifteenth of June next, granting an allowance to the officers and soldiers of three months pay from the time of their discharge. I mention this to you that it may be understood unofficially...
At foot you will find a list of Articles of Quarters master’s Supply necessary for hutting and providing fuel for a Regiment, two thirds of which, it is supposed, on account of the Regiments not being full, will suffice; which you are desired to procure without delay. With great consideration & The Qr. Mr’s Agent is Jona Jackson Esqr.
I have received your letters of the twenty fifth and twenty sixth of October with their enclosure. Mess. Stickney and Wilson have been nominated to the Secret of War as Cadets in your regiment, and have received my support. I enclose to you an arrangement of relative rank formed on the basis of the one which you transmitted to me. The appointments of some of the persons mentioned in your list...
The following are the different contractors of the State of Massachusetts Joseph Ruggles Nathl: Ruggles Ralph Smith Aaron & Charles Davis all of Roxbury. You will please as soon as be to make arrangements with them for the supply of the troops at the several Recruiting Rendezvouses. with true consideration Copy, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
Your letter of the Sixth of this month has been delivered to me. I have no objection to the discharge of Sewal Moore if he will procure a good and substantial person in his place. With regard to the pay to which he supposes himself to be entitled I would observe that it can not be advanced to him because altho’ he has served three months yet that service must be considered as merely a...
I have received your letter of the fourteenth instant, and am apprehensive that the quantity of land contracted for will hardly furnish the timber necessary for hutting and fuel. It is not my intention however to give further directions on the subject, as you are acquainted with the local circumstances, and can therefore best determine. I have requested Mr. Miller the Assistant Quarter Master...
I have received a letter dated 14th. instant from Major Walker requesting a furlough for five or six weeks. You will, if you deem it expedient and for the good of the service grant him leave of absence for the whole or any part of the time he requires. with true consideration &c Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. John Walker to H, March 14, 1800...
An order was issued, some time since, as you will recollect, directing enlistments to be “for and during the existing differences with France,” or for the term of five years at the pleasure of the government. It appearing probable that the number of men enlisted under these conditions is very inconsiderable, and an expectation having been entertained among them that they would not be separated...
Your letter with the ones therein mentioned have come to hand. Inclosed is the Act for better organizing the army of the United States which will give you all necessary information. with true consideration   I am Sir   y ob S Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Rice to H, April 23, 1799 . 1 Stat. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of...
I have received two letters one from Major Lynde the other from Lieutt. Lull, both requesting leave of absence for a few weeks. All applications of that kind ought to be made through the Commanding Officer of the post where they may be. I refer to you the propriety of giving them a furlough which you will do should it not upon enquiry appear to you detrimental to the Service. with true...
I am advised by the Secy. of War that Mr. Williams Storekeeper at Springfield has been instructed to furnish to the Quarter master of your Regiment upon your order 680 stands of Arms and as many Gun worms. Mr. Williams is to have them transported to your Regimental Rendezvous if they have not been received, you will take measures to obtain them. With great consideration   I am &cc Copy, in the...
The season advances so fast that I am extremely anxious to have the result of your enquiry after winter Quarters. After you shall have made the examination heretofore directed, and reported to me, I request that you will direct your enquiry for the same object towards the upper parts of Connecticut River, from Springfield westward. It has been suggested that eligible positions may be obtained...
Your letter of the twenty seventh has just been delivered to me. I participate with you, and with the officers generally, in the regrets that naturally flow from the state of things. It would give me pleasure could I direct an indemnification of the expence which you have incurred in procuring musical instruments. I shall not fail, however, to write to the S of War and urge a reimbursement. I...
I have directed the D Q M General to furnish the troops when disbanded with transportation to places from which they can conveniently procure conveyance to their respective homes. The sick such of them as cannot be conveyed with their corps will remain in their quarters under the care of a surgeon. The Contractor will supply them as heretofore. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How,...
I have received your letters of the sixth and ninth of this month. You will have perceived from a letter which must have arrived before now, that the arrangement of relative rank did not meet with my approbation. The list which I transmitted you is not to be considered as definitive, but as referred back for revision. Taking the principles which I have heretofore stated for your guide...
I have received your letter of the 18. April, and hope that as soon as convenient the nomination of Quarter master and Adjutant to your Regiment may take place. There is no objection to a change in the association of the company officers for good reasons; you will propose therefore such as you may deem proper. The bond of your Pay Master Mr Duncan did not accompany your letter of the 29 April:...
Agreably to your own ideas communicated in your letter of the 23. Ulto. you will consider Somerset as established for your regimental Rendezvous. I urge constantly the completion of the appointment of Officers. I am not sure whether a competent number of proper candidates are as yet before the Secy. of War. If not it is to be wished other fit characters may be presented. With great considr. &c...
I have received your letter of the second instant explaining the causes of the delay in forwarding pay and muster rolls, and rely on your exertions to produce greater regularity in future. When the articles happen not to be in the possession of the officers who are to make the returns it is proper that they should procure the necessary information without delay by applying to those in whose...
Lieutenant Flaggs resignation has been accepted of which you will please to notify him, informing me of the time he receives your notice. with true consideration   I am Sir   Your obed Sevt. Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. James McHenry to H, April 7, 1800 (listed in the appendix to this volume). See also H to Rice, March 24, 1800 .
I have been informed by the Secretary of War that all the articles for Arming cloathing and equipping of your Regiments will be delivered to your order or that of your Pay & Quarter master at your Regimental Rendezvous by Jonathan Jackson Esquire of Boston and Mr. Joseph Williams of Springfield (Mass.) six hundred and eighty stands of Arms and as many Gun–worms to be furnished by the latter...
I have received your letter of the fourth instant. I have sent the commission and letter of Lt Spring to the Secretary of War. The result, as soon as known, shall be communicated to you. With respect to the filling of vacancies, I have no intimations on the subject from the Secretary of War and therefore conclude that they will be filled at least in the way of promotions. The ultimate...
I have directed Major Bewell to repair to the Brigade under your command for the purpose of enlisting four complete companies of Infantry. You will give every facility in your power to the accomplishment of this object. It would be well if, previously to the arrival of Major Bewell, recruits could be provisionily engaged. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of...
An early preparation for winter Quarters will conduce to the comfortable accommodation of the troops and is the more necessary as sufficient barracks no where exist in which they may be quartered in entire corps; a circumstance extremely desireable. It is therefore conceived that it may be found most eligible to hut the troops during the ensuing winter. The vicinity of Uxbridge in the state of...
I have received your letter of the 3rd. instant with the inclosures respecting Henry Collins. It has been my rule to grant those Soldiers a discharge who may have been inlisted under the age of eighteen, and who at the time of the application for their discharge have not attained that Age. Should you on further examination find Collins to be thus situated, you will cause him to be discharged...
I have received a letter from Cn. Ashmun of your regiment in which he informs me that he has sent Samuel Woolcott, a deserter from the first regiment of Artillerists to the commanding officer of the district at Springfield. You will immediately send this deserter under the guard of a corporal and file of men to Major Tousarde at Rhode Island. With great consideration Df , in the handwriting of...
The proper measure of the pace is a matter of primary importance in the Tactics of the Infantry. The establishments of different Nations differ in this particular. For example—Our pace is two feet English measure. That of the French is two feet French or about 26 Inches English. That of the English is 30 of their Inches, measuring in each case from heel to heel. This is rather capricious. The...
The Hutts and any other articles of public property that may remain here together with such of the sick as are too ill to be removed will, when your command expires, be under the charge of the senior officer of the U States who may be on the ground. This Officer is at present Captain Stoddard who will continue to be so untill the arrival of Major Bewell. You will endeavor to engage some one of...
I enclose to you the copy of a letter from Captain Draper of your regiment. I am of opinion, from the circumstances which are stated, that it will be proper to discharge the person to whom the letter relates. You will therefore discharge him accordingly. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Simeon Draper to H, August 16, 1799 (listed in the appendix...
I send you the enclosed letter of Captain Tillinghast, and you will act in the case as the good of the service may require. It is proper that Officers should apply to me thro their commandant. Having then his remarks I shall be better able to judge of what is proper to be done. You will take care that this be made known. It is very desirable that the Officers should be with their regiments...
Enclosed is a letter from Captain Ashmun requesting permission of absence. Applications of the kind should always come thro’ the commanding officer accompanied with his opinion. You are at libery to grant Captain Ashmun a furlough till some time in May. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Phineas Ashmun’s letter has not been found. See “Circular to...
New York, May 18, 1800. “I send you the enclosed papers, and you will do with them what shall appear proper.” Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
The resignation of Captain Babbit is accepted, and his pay and emoluments will cease on the fifteenth of May next. You will inform him accordingly. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. See Rice to H, March 23, 1800 ; H to Rice, April 1, 1800 ; H to James McHenry, April 16, 1800 (listed in the appendix to this volume); McHenry to H, April 19, 1800...
In consequence of a letter of which the inclosed is a copy, the arrangement, of which a copy is also inclosed, was made by General Brooks. But you will perceive that it is incomplete in respect to the delineation of the subdistricts and the fixing upon a place in each for a rendezvous. This place ought to be chosen with an eye to the accommodation of the recruits, to the convenient procuring...
I have to reply to your two letters of the 23 and 24 instant. The exchange of officers proposed by Col Hunewell & yourself has been recommended to the Secy of War. His sanction is expected, & as soon as obtained it will be made known. I am content that Brookfield shall be come the rendezvous of a subdistrict & with the arrangement of Officers mentioned in your letter of the 23. Persons as...