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From Alexander Hamilton to Caleb Swan, 13 November 1799

To Caleb Swan1

Newyork Novr. 13. 1799


There have been pressing Applications to me from various quarters for supplies of recruiting money.2 The service is at a stand from the want of this article, and thus the most favorable portion of the year is suffered to pass away. I have made early and pressing applications on the subject.3 Had these been properly attended to, there would have been no ground of complaint.

Should subsequent events render it important that the regiments should have been completed at an early day, it will be an interesting question, and one very difficult to answer, how the recruiting service came to languish, from the want of money, at the most favorable season of the year.

With &c

Caleb Swan Eqr.

Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1This letter was enclosed in H to James McHenry, November 13, 1799 (listed in the appendix to this volume).

2See Daniel Bradley to H, October 3, 1799; Thomas Parker to H, October 6, 16, 1799. Other requests for recruiting money are contained in the following letters listed in the appendix to the appropriate volume: Rufus Graves to H, September 14, 27, 1799; Timothy Taylor to H, September 6, 1799; Nathan Rice to H, September 23, October 4, November 9, 1799; Josias Carvel Hall to H, October 5, 1799; Richard Hunewell to H, November 2, 1799.

3H had previously asked Swan to forward recruiting money in the following letters listed in the appendix to Volume XXIII: H to Swan, October 14, 17, 19, 1799.

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