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It has been seen that the Governt of France has an indisputable title to the culpable preeminence of having taken the lead in the violation of neutral rights; and that the first instance on the part of the British Government is nearly a month posterior to the commencement of the evil by France. But it was not only posterior—it was also less comprehensive. That of France extended to all...
I have asserted, that the conduct of Great-Britain towards us and other neutral powers has been at no period so exceptionable, as that of France at the present juncture. A more distinct view of this truth may be useful, which will be assisted by a retrospect of the principal acts of violation on both sides. Tho the circumstance was cotemporarily disclosed in all of our newspapers, yet so blind...
New York, May 24, 1798. Convey two and one-half lots of land in New York City to Church. Copy, Conveyances in the Office of the Register, City of New York, Liber 60, 176–79, Hall of Records, New York City. Bronson, a prominent New York City moneylender and land speculator, had been a surgeon’s mate in the American Revolution. For information on this conveyance, see “Receipt from Morgan Lewis,”...
Some publications having appeared in the news papers in respect to a disturbance at Elizabeth Town implicating Capt Courtlandt & Lt. Livingston of the twelveth Regiment—it is proper that the public should know that early and particular inquiry was made into the affair by order of Major General Hamilton, & that, according to information received from very respectable authority in the Civil...
An Act for establishing an Academy for Instruction relative to the Military and Naval Service of the United States. 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and house of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled That an Academy be established for the purposes of instruction relative to the military and Naval service of the U. States to consist of four Schools One to be called “The...
We the Subscribers do certify that Col Ebenezer Stevens was together with ourselves appointed by the Citizens of this City a Committee to devise and cause to be erected fortifications for its immediate Defence—that Col Stevens in the course of the execution of this trust was charged with a particular superintendence of the execution of the works and with a variety of details which occasioned...
We have carefully attended to the subjects presented to our consideration, by your note of yesterday and now offer to you the result of our reflections. The idea of a succession of batteries from the Hook, to the City, very naturally occurs in contemplating the defence of this port, and doubtless has advantages. It would present dangers in the approach which may be expected to have...
For Postage of letters on Public Service from 23rd May ’til 1st. June 1800 } 5.60 Recv’d of Jno. Wilkins Junr. Qr. M. Genl by the hand of Lt. Colo. Aaron Ogden Dpy. Qr. Mr. Genl. the above five ⁶⁰⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. in full. $5.60 ADS , The American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia. H’s endorsement reads: “The within postage being on public account I approve of its being paid by Aarn Ogdn Esqr....
Dr. John B Church Esquire in Account with Alexander Hamilton Cr 1796 1796 June 6 To Cash paid expences of my Clerk to Philadelphia to attend to execution of your Mortgage by Robert Morris 10. 16— April 8 By Ballance of Account rendered this day £570. 2. 8 20 To paid J Laurance your proportion of expence of surveys 113. 8— Aug 22 By this sum received of A Woodruff on account of Carney’s debt
Major Gen. Hamilton , has received through the Secretary of War, the following order from the President of the United States. “The President, with deep regret, announces to the army, the death of its beloved Chief, General George Washington. Sharing in the grief, which every heart must feel for so heavy and afflicting a public loss, and desirous to express his high sense of the vast debt of...
An Act for better organizing the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers to be hereafter denominated “The Corps of Engineers and Artillerists” Be it enacted &c. That instead of the present establishment of the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers the same shall hereafter be composed of a Regiment of Engineers a Regiment of horse Artillerists and a Regiment of foot Artillerists. That the functions...
12General Orders, 16 May 1799 (Hamilton Papers)
New York, May 16, 1799. States: “The following disposition of the two Regiments of Artillerists and Engineers has been adopted. Of the first Regiment, one battalion commanded by Major Rivardi is assigned to the Western Army, another Battalion commanded by Major Freeman is to garrison the posts in Georgia and South Carolina, another Battalion commanded by Major Ford is to garrison the posts in...
As we have not been favored with an Answer to our Letter of 17. October last, we have Reason to conclude that you do not propose cooperating with us on the subject of that Letter. Under this Impression we beg leave to state, that we shall not make a final Decision on this Business till Monday the 24. Inst. If you will appoint an Agent to meet us on Saturday the 22. Int. we shall be happy to...
[ New York, November, 1800. The description of this letter in the dealer’s catalogue reads: “deals with legal matters.” Letter not found. ] LS , sold by Goodspeed’s Bookstore, Boston, February, 1942. For background to this letter, see H, Cooper, and Ogden to FitzSimons, Herman LeRoy, William Tilghman, and Matthew Pearce, October 17, 1800, note 1 ; November 17, 1800 . FitzSimons, Higbee, and...
[ New York, October 17, 1800. The description of this letter in the dealer’s catalogue reads: “Concerning the conveyance of 175,000 acres of land, probably in N. Y. state.” Letter not found. ] LS , American Book-Prices Current 1966 , Vol. 72 [New York and London, 1969], 984. This letter, which H, Cooper, and Ogden wrote as attorneys for the Holland Land Company, concerns the settlement of the...
Every day brings fresh confirmations of the truth of the prediction to our Envoys, that the French Faction in America would go all lengths with their imperious & unprincipled Masters. It is more and more evident, that as many of them as may dare will join the standard of France, if once erected in this Country. After all that has happened, there is no other solution of the indefatigable and...
Upon an Order of R H Dunkin & Wife dated the 14 of March for £384.10 NYC—I have paid Mrs. Watkins 936 Dollars & 25 Cents this being the sum actually received by me on her account. ADS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Dunkin (or Duncan) was a Philadelphia attorney and notary public. This is a reference to the case of Elisha Lamoreux v Robert Henry Duncan and Elizabeth his wife . On...
18General Orders, 15 June 1799 (Hamilton Papers)
A pretention having been raised by some of the Contractors, to issue either fresh or salt meat to the Troops at their discretion Major General Hamilton thinks it proper, to declear his Sence that this pretention is unfounded and without an Express declaration in the Contract that the option is reserved to the Contractor, it must be understood that it is reserved to the public, it is expected...
19General Orders, 15 April 1800 (Hamilton Papers)
Major William Dent Beall of the ninth Regiment of Infantry having been appointed Deputy Inspector General for the District under the Command of Major General Pinkney he is to be respected and obeyed accordingly LC , RG 98, Post-Revolutionary War Records, Vol. 383, Orderly Book of Major General Charles Pinckney, National Archives. See Charles Cotesworth Pinckney to H, April 3, 1800 ; H to...
20General Orders, 13 June 1799 (Hamilton Papers)
The Articles of War being obscore and unexplicit as to the power of appointing a General Court Martial, and it being very meterial that there shall be no doubt about the legalaty of the Constitution of a Court which is intrusted with the power of inflicting the highest punishment known in our Military Code, Major General Hamilton thinks it proper to declear the constitution of those Articles...
21General Orders, 1 June 1799 (Hamilton Papers)
Major General Hamilton announces to the officers, of the Troops under his Command, the following regulations respecting Extra allowances to officers established by an act of the War department dated the 19th of December last. In all cases Where officers are detached on Services that oblige them to encur expences on the road and at places where there are not Military posts, except where the Law...
22General Orders, 28 August 1799 (Hamilton Papers)
As some difficulties have risen, and may hereafter arise, in consequence of its not being known, whether the general orders and forms issued from the Adjutant General’s office have been regularly received, it is in future directed, that the receipts of all general orders, all letters inclosing forms, or the alteration of forms, all letters containing new arrangements in material directions,...
The Paymaster General having arrived and entered upon his functions at the seat of government, all muster and pay rolls are, hereafter, to be transmitted to him, instead of the office of the Adjutant General, until a Deputy Paymaster General shall have been appointed and announced to the troops. They are to be sent addressed to Caleb Swan, Esquire, Paymaster General, at Philadelphia, with the...
24General Orders, 20 July 1799 (Hamilton Papers)
The general court martial of which Major Willcock was president, having convicted Joseph Perkins, a private soldier of the 1st regiment of artillerists and engineers of the crime of desertion, aggravated by that of liberating and taking off with him two prisoners confined under the sentence of a court martial for desertion, over whom he was sentinel, and having condemned him to suffer death:...
[Newport, Rhode Island, June 25–26, 1800.] “Some time in the summer past, I believe in July, General Hamilton, an entire stranger to me further than the knowledge of him from his public character, came to my house in company with Colonels Christopher & Jeremiah Olney, General Barton, & Colonel Ogdon. General Hamilton was very familiar, open, & candid. He at once began the election of the...
Lieutenant Colonels 1 [1] Caleb Gibbs Boston 78 [1] John Walker Woburn 76 [1] Richard Honeywell Castine [should be, Hunewell ] Majors 4 [2]
Minutes of an Interview between Colo. Monroe and Colo. Hamilton at Colo. M’s. lodgings in the presence of Mr Church & myself. Colo. Hamilton came about 10 oClk in the morning introduced Mr Church as his brother in law. Colo. H. appeared very much agitated upon his entrance into the room, and observed the cause or motives of this meeting being he presumed pretty well understood, he went into a...
Col. Bentley, in his letter of the twentieth of October, strongly recommends Reuben Beale and Samuel Simmons as Cadets in his regiment, and I would advise that they be immediately appointed— With perfect respect I am ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Your letter of the tenth of July has been delivered to me. I have given full information to Cl. Bentley on the subject of your enquiry, with instructions directions on t as to the course to be pursued. With much great consideration I am, Sir &c: &c: ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
[ New York, August 7, 1800. On August 9, 1800, Stockton wrote to Hamilton : “I have had the pleasure to receive your favor of the 7th.” Letter not found. ] Stockton, a New Jersey lawyer and Federalist, was a member of the United States Senate from 1796 to 1799.
Capt Pierson The Sy of War informs me that he has ordered Pierson Green of C. Henry’s company, on a certificate of Doctor Gillaspy, to be discharged the service You will inform C. Henry accordingly ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
It is my intention that there shall be ten common Drums to a Regiment— There will then remain for the Band the two Chief Musicians and ten other Musicians— Each of the Chief Musicians may have an Octave flute or a hautboy—and there should be besides Four Clarinets Two bassoons Two French horns A Cymball A Double Drum— ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I send you the enclosed letter. You will make enquiry into the character and circumstances of the writer, and report verbally. to m ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
A reply is due to some points in your letters of the 25 & 30 of June. It was foreseen that the narrowing of the description of characters who might be enlisted might would impede the progress of the recruiting service; but it is deemed better to submit to this inconvenience than to mingle in the mass of our force elements of disaffection & disorder. The plan is therefore to be sincerely &...
I have received your letter of Decr. 17th. It was not my intention that the relative rank of your officers should have been finally determined on, and made known to them unless you had arranged it according to the list I forwarded, but as your motives have no doubt been just in so doing, I shall sanction the arrangement. The Gentlemen of your regiment who have received subsequent appointments,...
I have just received your letter of yesterday, and have given orders to Capn. Read to furnish from the garrison the guard and the orderly sergeant which you request to attend the President of the Court Martial. I presume the different members of the Court have, before this time, arrived. With great consideration I am, Sir &c: &c: ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers,...
I have received your letter of March 23rd and have forwarded to the Secretary of War Capt: Babbits resignation the acceptance of which I shall no doubt be shortly enabled to inform you of. The Post[s]cript of your letter has been communicated to the Deputy Paymaster General; he informed me that the delay in sending on the money was occasioned by some perplexity as to the mode of remittance,...
Enclosed is a letter from Captain Pasteur to the S of War— I understood from G. Wilkinson that there existed some arrangement between him and the Spanish Commandant in the Floridas relative to deserters. If you know this arrangement you will have it conformed to in the present case; if not, the deserters will remain with Captain Pasteur untill the order of G. Wilkinson can be obtained— You...
Enclosed are proceedings of Courts Martial which have been acted upon. The Proceedings in the case of Morris Gerry have been acted upon in General orders. I have caused search to be made for them in the Office of the A General—They are not there, nor are they in my office—I conclude therefore that they have been forwarded to you ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers,...
Such progress has now been made in recruiting the sixteenth regiment that the appointment of a Surgeon is for it becomes indispensible. I know not whether I have proposed to you any person as qualified for the post. If I have, or there be any suitable Character before you I would recommend that an appointment immediately take place. Col. Graves urges that the vacancies created by the...
Lieutenant Muhlenberg has been directed to proceed with the company of Captain Bruff from Baltimore to Norfolk. This officer, in a letter of the twenty seventh inst. represents mentions to me that the men are destitute of woolen overalls I have therefore to request that you will furnish to Baltimore a supply for a full company You will therefore be pleased to furnish with as soon as possible...
The information respecting the causes which have interfered with the supply of Cloathing contained in your letter of the 10th. instant received on Saturday is in train to be communicated by a circular letter. I am glad to find that so much progress has been made. If the Contractor delivers in two thirds of the daily quantity he promises, and the articles are expeditiously forwarded, it will...
Your letters of the fifth sixth and sixth seventh, instants have been replied to except as to the arming of the recruits—I do not think it expedient that arms should be sent to Vermont—The troops will take their route towards Pittsburg passing thro’ this place where they can be supplied— ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
On your arrival at Philadelphia you will apply to the Secy of War who will cause you to be furnished with money Cloathing Knapsacks Camp Kettles & Canteens sufficient to enable you to enter upon the recruiting of your Company as heretofore understood between us— The multiciplicy of my avocations here & the necessity of my immediate Return to N York prevent your receiving your instructions at...
I request from you in the course of the day an estimate of the number of boards requisite for covering the Roofs of hutts sufficient for a Regiment of Infantry & for making bunks and benches and of their cost. likewise the quantity & price of Nails for the same purpose. With considratn I am Sir Yr Obed Ser Ebenezer Stevens Eq ( ALS , New-York Historical Society, New York City).
I have received a letter dated February 25th. 1800 last month from Colonel Parker requesting a certificate of my having directed him to lay out the State of Virginia into districts. the certificate I have made out adding to it my knowledge of the orders he has received from General Washington respecting the cantonment at Harpers ferry. in executing the above orders he has incurred considerable...
The enclosed letter being on public business of an urgent nature, I request you to pay attention to hastening its transmission—If it cannot be sent, conveniently and speedily, by the Post, you will much oblige me in forwarding it by an express. With great Esteem Sir (Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Willliam J. Vredenburgh Esq. To Alexander Hamilton Dr For my services as Counsel at Albany } Dollars ⅌ account heretofore rendered 75   Mr. Hamilton presents his comliments compliments to Mr. Vredenburgh & requests the payment of the above. ⟨He will recall that⟩ Mr. Hamilton with Mr. Pendleton, argued his cause at Albany. The argument was successful. The amount was considerable. The points...
Agreeably to your letter of the third inst. I have given direct directed Col. Stevens to provide such a number of Common and Horsemen’s Tents for the twelfth and thirteenth regiments as shall be sufficient with — what has been already furnished to make up their complement according to the peace establishment—From the situation of things in Philadela. I think it would be prudent to give the...
Not having recd. an acknowledgemt. of my letter to you of the 8th. inst. I send you a copy— You will please to direct Lt. Gibson of the Corps of Artillerists to repair to Fort Mifflin and take the orders of the Commanding Officer there till he shall be directed to join his Company. You will likewise detach the Artificers of Capt. Elliott’s Company to the same place With great consideration I...