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I omitted to inclose to you yesterday the annexed schedule upon which my letter was a commentary. The General in Chief has mentioned to me in explicit terms that it is a part of his plan to decline the occupations of the office unless, and until his presence in the field should be required for actual operations or other imperious circumstances should require his assistance. That persevering in...
The Wolfs–friend, if not the head, one of the most considerable Chiefs of the Chickasaw Nation is now in the City, at the instance and request of Brigadier General Wilkinson, who has intimated to me the expediency of securing his future good will and friendship to the United States by promising him an annual stipend. It may be proper to observe on this occasion: 1st That there are in the...
War Department, January 29, 1799. “Until your instructions can be made out defining the extent of your Command you will be pleased to require the proper reports to be made to you by the Garrisons at New York and West point and to exercise such superintendance over the same as may consert with military rules and usage and to make from time to time the necessary communications to this...
Inclosed is a letter just recd. from Doctor Osborn touching the object of his arrest. With great respect I have the honour to be Sir your ot St ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Samuel Osborne to McHenry, January 29, 1799 ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress ).
Enclosed is a letter to my Chief Clerk from Captain Stille of the 2n regiment of artillerists and Engineers praying to be disencumbered of a Lieutenant that temporarily was attached to his Company. I incline to think the recommendations upon which Carmichael, the officer, in question was appointed, were framed without due consideration. They presented him as possessed of the mathematics,...
Inclosed is a letter intended for General Wilkinson, and draught of a reply to the Chickasaw Chiefs. I did myself the honour to wait upon you with them, but not finding you at home, I beg Gen Wilkinsons letter may be returned if approved, in time to put it into the mail which closes at sun down. With the greatest respect / I have the honour to be Sir / your most ob. st. MHi : Adams Papers.
I received last night your letter of the 27th of Jany and this morning sent for Mr McAlpin and gave him your orders. It appears to me, that the round cuff and the usual pockets will be neater and handsomer than if slashed and also more dignified. I prefer for the same reason a plain waistcoat. I shall however take the advice of General McPhierson on the different points and endeavour to have...
Lieutenant General Washington having declined agreeably to the condition upon which he accepted of his appointment, any Command whatever of the Army of the United States u⟨ntil⟩ such time as his presence in the Field shall be required for actu⟨al ope⟩rations, or his Services demanded by peculiar and urgent circum⟨stances⟩ it is therefore proper to make such arrangements respecting the...
I have the honour to submit 1 a speech to the Bloody fellow 2 a speech to the Wolf friend. 3 a speech to George Colbert with the papers to which they relate. I shall take the liberty to call upon you in the morning for them and your commands respecting them With the greatest respect I have the honour to be Sir / Your ob & hble St DLC : James McHenry Papers.
I have received your public letter of the 6 and another (private) dated also on the 6th. The latter this morning. Your instructions are and have been some days with the President. The moment he is pleased to decide so as to enable me to proceed you shall have them. I spoke to him yesterday, on the subject: he had not considered them, and seemed to insinuate the affair need not be hurried. I...
War Department, February 8, 1799. “I have the honor to inclose your instructions and shall send you the schedules and regulations referred to in them as soon as the same can be made out.” LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For these “instructions,” see McHenry to H, February 4, 1799 , which was enclosed in the letter printed above. On March 30, 1799, McHenry wrote to George Washington:...
McAlpin called upon me this morning to inform me finally, that after the most diligent inquiry for gold thread, both here and at New York, he has not been able to procure a sufficient quantity to complete the embroidery of the coat; and that of course it will be necessary to suspend making it up until after the arrival of the Spring ships in which the article is expected. As yet the...
I have the honour to submit a letter proposed to be sent to Lt Col. Gartlen by to-morrows post, with the letter mentioned therein from Governor Jackson of Georgia and that from Lt. McCall to the said Governor—It is desirable to have the letters returned to-day if approved of. I have the honour to be with the greatest respect Sir / your most obt. & hbe st MHi : Adams Papers.
I enclose for your information copies of letters (viz) one from Captn Frye dated Fort Jay, Feby 2nd 1799, one from Captn Stoddard dated Portland Jany 27th ’99 one from Lt Hancock dated Kempsville Jany 26th 1799 and one from Captain Bruff dated Indian Queen 15th Jany enclosing certain charges against Major Rivardi With respect to the letter from Captain Frye, Colo Stevens was instructed on the...
I received your letter to General Wilkinson yesterday in time to go into the mail for Knoxville, Tennessee, from whence it will immediately pass to the General by express I have the honor to be with great respect, Sir Your most Obt Hb St ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have received your letter of the 16th inst. this morning. It is out of my power to send you the distribution you ask for, as contained in the report made to me in Decmbr. ulto. by the Commander in chief. The instructions My instructions dated the 4th inst. contains whatever the commander in chief has said on this subject. His answer to my queries omitted entirely assigning any stations to 4...
I transmit for your information a copy of a letter from Major Tousard, dated New-Port 10th Feby 1799 I have the honor to be with great respect Your most Obd Hbl ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Lewis Tousard to McHenry, February 10, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). An endorsement on the cover of the LS from James McHenry reads: "answd. March 5. 1799."
I enclose you a copy of a letter from Captain Gates dated Castle William Feby. 13th 1799 I have the honor to be with great respect your most Obd Hb St ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Lemuel Gates to McHenry, February 13, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On verso of the LS from James McHenry, H wrote a draft of his reply: "Wrote to Secy. The letter...
The enclosed papers, are transmitted, and submitted to your consideration, that you may take, such immediate order, on the subject of them, as it shall appear to you, to demand. No. 1—A copy of a Letter, from the Accountant of the War Department, dated the 20th. instant stating, that he had been insulted, by Samuel C Vance, Captain in the 3d. United States regiment, while in the execution of...
The enclosed papers are first the petition of John Hubbard, second a certificate from Mr Sprague dated 27th Feby 1799 and third a certificate of the Accountant of this Department If, upon such investigation as you think proper to give this subject, it shall appear that the Samuel Richardson mentioned in the Muster roll is the same allud ed to by Mr Hubbard and is his servant as alledged you...
Certain inconveniences hitherto experienced relative to the pay of the troops induced me to recommend a Section to be adopted in the Bill for the organization of the Army which having passed into a law is now transmitted. As the greatest part of the Army will be on or near the Sea-board I can perceive considerable advantages of a public nature which would result from the Pay Master General...
I received your private letter of the 10th inst. last night. The mode in which the laws are published prevents me from receiving any of them sometimes for six weeks or two months after their being inacted, unless I take copies of them from the originals lodged with the Secry. of State and get them printed. This is what I have done with the organization and eventual army acts, and shall as soon...
Enclosed is a copy of a report received this morning from the Purveyor, relative to the quantity of Clothing, which, in his opinion, he will be able, under his arrangements, to turn weekly in to the public store &c &c I have the honor to be, with great respect your most Obdt Hb St ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Enclosed you have a copy of a letter from Captain Frederick Frye dated 9th March 1799 respecting the arrest he is now under, together with a copy of the charges exhibitted against him Not knowing that the whole of the circumstances detailed in the enclosed papers may have come under your cognizance, I have thought it best to communicate them, and to rely upon you to give such relief in the...
A Proclamation of the President of the United States, a Copy of which I enclose, will inform you that a combination to defeat the execution of the Laws, for the valuation of lands, and Dwelling houses, have existed, in the Counties of Northampton Montgomery, and Bucks in the State of Pennsylvania, and proceeded in a manner subversive of the just authority of the Government, and that certain...
I have this moment received the inclosed letter and list of persons proposed for military appointments from Major General Pinckney, and take the liberty to request, if the names should be approved of that it may be returned as soon as convenient, with authority to announce to the persons therein named their appointments and to make alterations therein should any intervening information or...
I enclose you a letter just received from Captain John McClallen, which you will be pleased to take such order on as you may judge proper I have the honor to be Sir Your obedient servant ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing John McClallen to McHenry, March 11, 1799 ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have received your letter of the 15 instant with alterations and additions proposed to be made to the recruiting instructions. These have been considered, generally adopted, and with some further alterations will be put into the hands of a printer to day, and a sufficient number of Copies sent you as soon as they shall be printed. With great respect   I am Sir   Your obedient servant LS ,...
Philadelphia, March 19, 1799. Encloses “copies of two Letters from General Wilkinson, one dated Novr. 6, the other Decr. 6, 1798.…” LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. In this letter James Wilkinson wrote in part: “It is impossible for me to ascertain the Fact, but I have cause to believe that Governor [Manuel] Gayoso [de Lemos], notwithstanding his professions … has held connivance...
I received your letter dated the 5. March on the 11. instant and would have replied sooner to its contents had it been possible to have furnished you with the necessary information & documents required. The enclosed schedule A exhibits the appointments which have been made conformably to the list of names presented by the General Officers with the exceptions noticed in my letter of the 21 of...
You will have seen by the News-papers that governor Mifflin has been required to hold in readiness to march certain companies of Cavalry, to assist in quelling the insurrection existing in the State of Pennsylvania. Govr. Howell has also been called upon to hold 8 companies of Cavalry in readiness to March for the same purpose. Would it interfere with your arrangements or be throwing the...
War Department, March 22, 1799. “I transmit for your information copies of several letters, viz, one from Captain Wm Littlefield dated Fort Wolcott 2nd Feby 1799 and one from General Hamtramck dated Fort Wayne 21st Jany 1799, together with a letter from Edward Livingston Esq. dated New York 9th March, one from John Dover dated Novr. 24th. 1798 directed to Mr Livingston and one from the...
I have received this morning your letter of the 23d inst. I shall write to day or to morrow to a Mr. Timothy Phelps a Merchant in New Haven Connecticut to know whether he will undertake to store and deliver the Cloathing to the Quarter Master for the 1. and 2d. District formed in that State and if he will I shall send the apportioned quantity to him as soon as it comes into the public store. I...
Inclosed is a letter to the Adjutant General informing him that his presence and aid is considered essential to the due performance of the duties to be fulfilled by you, and placing him under your Orders. On looking over your letter of the 23rd: and my reply, I find I have omitted to approve formally, the numbers which you proposed to designate the new Regiments by. The arrangement of the...
I enclose you a letter from Mr James Steel, dated Randolph 5th March 1799 soliciting the discharge of Joseph Kneeland, for whom I —— discharge in order that you may take such measures in the business as you shall judge proper I have the honor to be with great respect, your most Obd Hb St ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing James Steel to McHenry, March 5, 1799 ( ALS ,...
I have to acknowledge your private letters under date of the 14, 18 & 19th inst. All I intended by the observation in my public letter relative to the regimental Paymasters &c. was, that as these were to be Lieutenants, and the 3 additional lieutenants described in the late law, under these characters, had not been, it was proposed they should be appointed. I have no objection to the custom...
I have directed two parcels of Cloathing nearly equal to your requisition of the 19th. Instant, for the Connecticut and New York Recruiting Districts, one addressed to Col. Stevens, the other to Timothy Phelps Esq of New Haven, with directions that they shall be delivered and forwarded agreeably to your Orders. Considering that April is a good month for Recruiting, and that circumstances...
I have directed Lt Leonard to fall down to New York there to receive your orders, and instructions. sent him — I presume you will find it necessary to furnish his men with appropriate officers. I have ordered cloathing to be forwarded to Col. Stephens for such of his men as may stand in need of it. You will give all necessary orders respecting his route to Easton or Bethlehem in Pennsylvania...
(Private) Dear Sir Philadelphia 30 March 1799 I received by yesterdays mail your letter of the 25th inst. For the present and until I can enjoy a few hours leisure from the most urgent business, I must content myself with a simple acknowledgment of the kindness of intention and friendship it discovers. Such has been the pressure of business upon the Clerks, that they have only been able to make...
This is sunday, and I shall employ, a part of it, in returning my acknowledgments for the candor, friendship and sincerity which is evidenced in your letter of the 25th instant. In answering to your questions I shall follow your own order. You ask in the name and in behalf of the officers who have been appointed, and of the army intended to be raised, what keeps back the commissions and...
Enclosed I transmit you a letter from Major Rivardi dated Niagara March the 4th and one from Ensign Andrew M Lusk dated Fredericksburg March 24th. the former of whom has been directed to correspond with you in future. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir, your most Obd Hb St ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing John J. U. Rivardi to McHenry, March 4, 1799 (...
Inclosed is a letter from Mr. Allen respecting Litchfield as a good recruiting rendezvous and Lt. Beebe as a good recruiting Officer to be employed in that place. Will you give the request your attention in making your arrangements. I am D Sir Yours ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing John Allen to McHenry, March 25, 1799 ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I enclose for your information a Copy of a letter to Col. Thomas Moore directing him to call a General Court Martial, the nature of the Charges against the Prisoners not admitting of delay— I am Sir Your obedt. Servant ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing McHenry to Thomas Lloyd Moore, April 1, 1799 ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
It being out of my power to send you copies of, you will herewith receive the following original letters from Brig. Gen. Wilkinson, which you will be pleased to return after taking such extracts from them as you may judge necessary. Letter No. 1 dated  6 Decr. 1798 Do No. 2 do 10 Jany. 1799 Do No. 3 Do 31 Jany. Do No. 4 Do  2 Feby. No. 5 Circular letter to the officers commanding posts No. 6
There are forty six Iron Cannon, chiefly twenty four pounders belonging to the United States now laying on Mr John Brown’s Wharf at Providence. As these may be required for the fortifications at, and to the Eastward of, New York, you will direct Major Tousard to report to you the number wanted for the Defences at Rhode-Island, and the other Harbours in that quarter where we have...
I have been honored with your letter of the 2d. Inst. Inclosed is a copy of my letter to Mr. J. Huntington of New London, to the purpose of entering into contracts, to supply rations &c. for the troops to be raised in Connecticut. Similar letters have been sent to J. Jackson Supervisor at Boston for Massachusetts, to Jacob Sheaff at Portsmouth for New Hampshire, and one inclosed to Mr. Elijah...
I again enclose the proceedings of a General Court Martial held at Governor’s Island on Wednesday the 5th of September 1798 by order of Captain Frederick Frye, the commandant of the post, by which court Samuel Brown a private Soldier was sentenced to death for desertion, that you may issue such orders as the case of the unfortunate soldier, and Military usage requires; the President having...
I have forwarded to you, by this days mail, a number of Copies, of the Contract with James OHara, for supplies of Provisions &c to the Western Posts, and Army of the United States; and also of “an Act, for the better organizing, of the Troops of the United States, and for other purposes,” passed the 3d. of March ulto. The Act admits alternatives for certain parts of the ration, hereafter to be...
I had the honour to inform you in my letter of the 16th of March ulto. that I had issued orders, to draw five companies of the regular army to the, scene of insurrection, and for the volunteer companies of Pennsylvania, to be in readiness to march at the shortest notice. I flattered myself, at the time of issuing this order, that the two volunteer companies of horse, of Philadelphia (if...
I have been honoured with your letter dated the 29th of March ulto. which was received on the 6th inst. It brought me Majr. Genl. Pinckney’s letter of the 10th of February, his list for appointments for North Carolina, and two letters of the 25th & 28th of March, addressed to you by Benjn. Beale junr. soliciting an appointment in the army. The list and these letters were all the papers...