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I have written to the President lately, mentioning that the more I contemplated the detail of organizing the twelve regiments of Infantry to be raised, the more I perceived the difficulty of effecting it with a dispatch proportioned to the emergency, and the public expectation. That if the course is to be to concenter information in this department from all quarters of the United States then...
I received this morning the inclosed letter from Major General Hamilton dated the 17th July Inst. recommending Ths. y. How of Trenton, in N. Jersey, to the Office of 2d. Lieutenant in the 11th United States Regiment of Infantry. Knowing the inadequacy of the salaries allowed to officers in subordinate stations, and how difficult it is to secure the services of persons properly qualified to...
It has been represented to me by several respectable gentlemen of Baltimore, that there is a certain John Forsythe inlisted with Lt. Boote, of the third regiment, who is of a weak constitution, and very feeble, that he has a wife and an infant child, and nothing but his pay to support them; that his family are exceedingly distressed on account of his situation, and propose to furnish an able...
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 ).
I submit the inclosed letters to you and Major General Hamilton & Majr General Pinckney. The young gentleman who presented them to me and in whose favour they are has requested to have the honour to present them to you. With the greatest respect I have the honour to be Dr Sir your most obt ⟨st⟩ ALS , DLC:GW . The letters have not been identified, but they may be those written in support of...
I received this morning your letter of the 12th July instant on the subject of a modification of the invitations to supply rations for the troops of the United States on the Sea board. You will recollect that the advertisement, calling for proposals for the year 1799, is dated the 21st March ulto., and that the time within which proposals may be received is limited to the 25th July instant....
By referring to a list of appointments to the old regiments of Infantry, sent you some time since, you will find the names of the Captains to the respective Companies directed to be added to each of these regiments by the “Act to augment the army of the United States and for other purposes” passed 16. July 1798. I also transmitted to you the 8th. of March Ult. a list of the names of all the...
I arrived here yesterday about 7 O’clock a.m. and after breakfasting visited Governor Island Bedlow & Oyster Islands. I intended to have devoted to-day to the Narrows, the East and west bank and Sandy Hook, but have been prevented from executing my purpose by the rain. I shall therefore occupy part of t-day in preparing some questions for the consideration of the New York military committee,...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of two letters from you dated the 25th. two the 26 and one of the 27 of February Ulto. The circumstances stated relative to Captain Bowmans pretensions to rank first Captain in the Eleventh regiment of Infantry readily induce me to give my sanction to his being so placed in the arrangement It would be perfectly agreeable to me that the Troops had their...
The selecting of fit characters to nominate to the President to fill the Offices of Surgeon and Surgeons Mates for the Twelfth regiment having been referred to you I enclose recommendations in favour of John H. Douglas—from S. Stringer. Jas. Cochran & C. R Yates which I received this morning. These you will please to return— I have the honor to be with great respect Sir Your obedient servant (...
I have received your letter of the ——— ultimo enclosing the Commission of Samuel Flagg Junr. a first Lieutenant in the fourteenth regiment of Infantry—You will be pleased to cause it to be notified to Mr. Flagg that his resignation has been accepted—and inform me of the time he retires from the regiment. I enclose you a letter from Daniel Jones soliciting the discharge of Henry Fonnemore, his...
The enclosed letters, were transmitted to me, by Dwight Foster Esquire, under cover of a letter to me, from himself, dated Brookfield the 23d. ulto. As Mr. Foster appears to be warmly interested in favour of William Richardson, whose discharge from the army is solicitted, and a delay has been occasioned, by inattention on my part to the application, I have to request, you will, as soon as...
I recd. this morning your letter dated the 27 Ulto. with the one at first intended for Major Jackson. I sincerely beleive that there is not one of your friends who have paid the least attention to the insinuations attempted to be cast on the legitimacy of your birth, or who would care or respect you less were all that your enemies say or impute on this head true. I think it will be most...
I received your letter of the 29th. ulto. prior to the return of the Public offices from the City of Trenton to the Seat of Government. As it presents objects of considerable expenditure, I thought it my duty to lay it before the President, and have since given to the subjects it embraces, an attentive consideration. You inform me, that General Wilkinson furnished estimates which you enclose...
Do you possess enough of the second sight to tell me what our friends have done and intend doing to the Eastward? God forgive me, if I make false calculations about them or deliver myself up too easily to dreams and reveries. I see nothing ex cathedra in that division of Country from which I can augur a determination adverse to the election of the present chief. Johnson says somewhere, in his...
Conceiving it proper that you should be informed of the arrangements, regulations and instructions, relative to the most important objects in the department of War, I have caused the same to be copied, and herewith respectfully submit them— With the greatest respect / I have the honor to be / Sir / Your obed servant MHi : Adams Papers.
Inclosed is an extract of a letter from Captain James Taylor of the Sixth regiment commanded by Lt. Colonel James Reed dated Port of Beacon Island 1. October 1799. by which it would appear that your orders relative to exempting him from the ordinary duties of his Office has not been operative. I refer you to my letter of the 4. June and your letter in answer thereto dated the 5. June Ulto. I...
I have the honour to submit for your approbation the inclosed list for promotions and appointments in the Twelfth Regiment of Infantry, and request if approved your authority to announce to the several candidates their respective appointments—I also submit the recommendations of those who are nominated as second Lieutenants. I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect, Sir, / Your most...
The President is requested to return the inclosed letter &c after having perused it to the Secy. of War. Israel Chapin is agent for Indian Affairs. With great respect I have the honor to be Sir / Your most obt. DLC : James McHenry Papers.
Yesterday Mrs Murray Mr Murray and Mr Dandridge left this City for Amsterdam. Mr Dandridge had reced your letter on Saturday. He has left a thermometer with me for a post in Jersey. It is a present from you, but what is the name of the post, and where does he live? I believe in my hurry I have not detailed the facts to you respecting Gen. Pinckney as particular as I ought. The principal are as...
I received your letter of the 29 instant this morning. On the 22d instant I presented the following names to the President for appointments in the 13 Regiment commanded by Lt. Colonel Taylor vizt. Capt. John Brown of Preston vice Coleby Chew who it is said will not accept. 2d. Lieut. Austin Ledyard ... vice Peter Richards declined Do. ... Nathaniel Noyes. Stonington ... vice Ebenezer Learned...
I have received your letter of the 16~ instant containing very important, and detailed observations, on a system of military supplies, for the armies of the United States. Altho’ I fully agree with you, that the old and existing system, is defective in particulars, too weakly manned in some of its branches, and susceptible of amelioration —I must recollect, that it is yet the existing system,...
I enclose you a petition that has been delivered to me this morning from a certain John Butler inlisted by Captain Matthew Henry soliciting his discharge. You will be pleased to take such order thereon as to you may appear proper— I am Sir with great respect Your obed Servant. ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
The Secry. of War, respectfully submits the following result of his reflexions, on the questions propounded yesterday by the President. Q. Will it be advisable to present immediately to Congress, the whole of the communications from our ministers in France, with the exception of the names of the persons employed by the minister Talyrand, to exhibit and enforce his requisitions for a bribe,...
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 (...
I have been honoured yesterday with your two letters dated the 23 July inst. Inclosed is a letter from Major General Pinckney with a copy of my answer thereto. Also a copy of my letter to Lt. Colonel Rice and Hunnewell, and list of the Candidates which have offered from Massachusetts for the appointment of surgeons and mates. It has appeared to me, that circumstances do not require, at this...
The Gentleman to whom the within letter is addressed was in March 1799. appointed a Second Lieutenant in the first regiment of Infantry. No information of his acceptance or non acceptance has been received at this Office. It appears that he was recommended by you and Mr. Egbert Benson. Be pleased to have this letter conveyed to him I am Sir Your obed servant ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Libary of...
I have now the honour to submit to you, in conformity with your desire, the result of my reflexions, upon the most proper principles for regulating the relative rank of the field officers of the twelve additional regiments. It will always be prudent, when no special reasons dictate a deviation, to adopt for cases of this kind, a rule which steers clear, of comparisons of personal merit (as far...
I send you by this mail, a small box containing military figures for the practice of tactics, being one of a few sets I ordered from London. Perhaps they may occasionally serve as a substitute for the chess board. Mr McAlpin called this morning to inform me that he had procured a sufficient quantity of gold thread and a person to work it; but that he was by no means certain he could have the...
War Department, February 24, 1800. “… The selection of Col. Ogden for Deputy Quarter Master General is very judicious. He is well qualified in my opinion to discharge the duties, provided he gives himself up entirely to them.… There is a question however which it may not be amiss for you to examine relative to this appointment previous to your making a final communication to Colonel Ogden. A...