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I have taken all preliminary measures towards the execution of the object of your letter of the 6 instant; except as to the nominat appointment of Lt. Laidlie to act as Pay and Quarter Master for to the recruiting party of the second Regiment. That officer has lately brought upon himself exposed himself to a suspicion which must bring him before a General Court Martial. I propose to you in his...
I regretted that I was detained to the last moment of being in time for the stage, to which my baggage had been previously sent, and thereby prevented from calling upon you before my final departure from Philadelphia. If the recruiting service is to be confided to me, I ought as soon as possible to be definitively apprised of it, and in the mean time, I shall be glad to have the instructions...
Subalterns 6 Robert Hunt son of A Hunt Trenton Lieutenant   Qr Cavalry } Stockton
I send you the draft of a third Bill. I shall quickly send you that of a fourth which will comprise whatsoever may remain. Yrs. truly ALS , The Sol Feinstone Collection, Library of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia; ALS (photostat), James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress. The draft has not been found, but this was the draft of a “bill relative to the articles of war.” See...
The bearer of this is Doctor Brown of the first regiment of Artillerists who has been ordered by his the commanding officer of the western Army to repair to the service of his regiment in this quarter. He goes to Trenton for the settlement of his accounts—after which it will probably be most expedient to attach him to the battallion destined for the field under Major Tousarde. With great...
After reading, & putting a wafer into the enclosed letter, be so kind as to send it as directed. The young Cornet (in my family) is anxious to receive his Military equipments. Daily, fruitless enquiries are made of me to know when they may be expected. Perhaps if you were to jog Mr Francis, the Purveyor, the sooner they might be Purveyed, and the young Gentleman gratified. I wish them to be...
I have the honor to inclose you a copy of a letter from Colonel Smith with my answer. You will therefore be possessed of all the facts which may enable you to judge of the propriety of allowing Compensation to Lieutt. Cocks for his extra duties— with great respect ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
By the contract with James OHara Esquire, it appears that on the South East side of the Ohio within the State of Kentucke the ration is Ten Cents and two milles, on the North West side, at Cincinnati, thirteen cents, and that nothing is settled between that point and Massac. If the matter should remain as it is, the reserve force must be stationed on the South East side; for the difference of...
I regret that my occupations have not permitted me to give your report more than a cursory reading, before my being obliged to leave the city for Albany. I have put it under a cover addressed to you. If it cannot conveniently wait my return, which will be in a fortnight, it will be sent you upon a line directed to Mr. “James Inglis at Col Hamilton’s No. 26 Broad Way N York.” desiring him to...
The enclosed letter for Mr McAlpin (my Tayler in Philadelphia) left open for your perusal, may be delivered, or not, as you shall judge best. and if the former takes place, to be accompanied with your sentiments on the doubtful parts of it. It is predicated first, on the supposition that the Uniform for the different grades of Officers, is conclusively fixed, & to be established as a standing...
Agreeably to the authority Contained in your letter of the third inst. I have concluded upon a station at Green Brook for the Winter Quarters of the 11th. 12th and 13th regiments, and shall immediately instruct Col Ogden to finish the purchase of the fee simple at the price last mentioned, (50 dollars pr. acre) disembarrasse d if possible of the right of preemption which is Claimed by the...
Your letter of the 14th. instant enclosing Regulations respecting certain Supplies and objects of special and extra expence has been delivered to me. I have likewise received Regulations respecting Quarters and servants to officers, and shall do whatever may depend upon me towards carrying them into effect. ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I send you two extracts from Col. Bentley’s letter of the twentieth of October. As the directions for the this new arrangement of rank proceeded from became necessary in consequence of transactions in your department I have doubt with respect to my power of giving it a sanction; but I could wish that it might speedily receive the proper ratification from your department the executive. There...
I do myself the honor to inclose to you a letter to me of the 2d, from Mr Ashley Colton, with three certificates, inclosed in it from Gentlemen, whom I know to be of the very best character for probity. I pray you to consider these papers, and do as justice and prudence shall dictate. I have the honor to be Sir your very humble &c MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
I have given orders to Capt. Morris to take immediate measures for the purpose of conducting the French prisoners from Baltimore at to Frederick Town, agreeably to the request of the Secretary of the navy, and to your direction With great respect I am, Sir & Captain Morris will particularly employ for the purpose the detachment of Infantry under the command of Lieutenant Newman. ( Df , in the...
Col. Bentley, in his letter of the eighteenth of this month, writes to me as follows—“When the four month’s pay was forwarded for the officers, no pay was contemplated for those who might be appointed to succeed the Staff of the line, nor for the Medical Staff—All of those will expect it, and some have made application. If an advance to them is contemplated, I could wish that orders were given...
Inclosed is a letter from Mr Thatcher, member of congress recommending Major Joseph Savage to be a lieutenant Col commandant of the second regiment of Artillerists & engineers. You will please to consider this when you consider other applications for the same vacancy I am Sir your servant MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
I have received your letters of the twenty seventh of February, and of the third of March. You mention that it will, probably, be thought expedient to suspend the filling of vacancies which may have been occasioned by staff appointments, or other causes. If, indeed, the disbandment of the additional regiments be an event which is expected very shortly to take place, the thing will be perfectly...
I return the letters of Gen. Pinckney and your answers inclosed in yours of 17th. There is no occasion for any comments on my part. I cannot refrain however from expressing a high gratification in the intelligence activity and zeal exhibited by the Gen. and my entire satisfaction with your answers. MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
I send enclose to you a letter from Lt. Wands who bears in his regiment the character of an useful officer. He has been particularly serviceable in the recruiting business. Unless there be something — or a special interposition in his favour improper I think it would be attended with advantage to the public If it is not thought that the precedent would be an inconvenient one I think the...
I have been lately honored with several letters from you down to the ninth inst. inclusively to all which due attention will be paid. I am on the point of setting out to accompany Mrs. Hamilton a part of her way on a visit to her father; with the expectation of being back in five days. My return shall be immediately communicated. The model of a Coat and vest for the Dragoons will be sent...
From a mistaken idea, numberless applications for appointments in the Army of the U. States are made to me. Where the applicants are known, or come under favourable auspices, I shall think it a duty incumbent on me to transmit them to the War Office. Mr Triplet’s family are respectable—of his medical or Surgical abilities I have no knowledge; Colo. Little whose letter I enclose, is the...
Private My dear Sir, Mount Vernon 1st Octr 1798 Your confidential letter of the 19th ulto did not reach Alexandria until the 28th. I thank you for the statement, and lengthy details which it contains. The President may have reasons which will justify the inexecution of the law, for augmenting the force of the United States. With my lights, I can discover none: but, if the force is required at...
The Person nominated as Pay Master to the Regiment commanded by Col Nathan Rice of Massachusettes is Robert Duncan . Inclosed is the distribution which he has made of his officers to Districts and subdistricts. Thus you see the Recruiting service for this Regiment only waits the requisite supply of money Cloathing &c for from your Department. The Town of Somerset has been in the first instance...
I have given orders to the two Brigades under the command of Colonels Smith and Rice to prepare for encamping. Returns of the articles wanting for this purpose have been called for and will soon be completed. It is hoped that Mr Hodgsdon will be provided for meeting the requisition of the Deputy Quarter Master General without delay. It is now time to decide what shall be the disposition of...
I am so continually entertained with applications to be chaplains & surgeons, that I pray you to give me some idea of your designs upon this important subject. Inclosed is a letter from Dr. Blake. Be so good as to send me a list of the twelve candidates to be Surgeons of Col Rice’s regiment. Are we to appoint regimental surgeons or only hospital surgeons? MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
First Regiment Field & Staff John F. Hamtramck Lieut. Col. Commandant Thomas Hunt 1st Major – – – – – – 2d. Major Lieut. Robert Semple Adjutant Lieut. Yelverton Peyton Paymaster Lieut. Joshua S. Rogers Quarter Master John Elliott Surgeon – – – – – –
I have the honor to inclose you an extract of a letter from Colonel Hall relative to articles going to Baltimore. Would it not be better to send them to Havre de Grace that being the Regimental Rendezvous— (Copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
General Pinckney will send from the district under his command in the course of the Spring upwards of seven hundred about four Companies of Men for the reinforcement of the Western Army. The General states to me that the requisite funds are not in the hands of the Deputy Quarter Master General his Division Quarter Master. It is very material that these should be supplied that there may be no...
Enclosed is a letter from Major Hopkins on the subject of relative rank— ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I was yesterday honourd with your letter transmitting my commission as Inspector and Major General. Agreeably to your desire I hold myself prepared to attend you within the period you assign. But as the object appears to embrace a concert of advice and assistance with General Knox, who cannot be expected in much less than the utmost limit of the time pre[s]cribed, I shall permit myself to...
The enclosures transmitted in your letter of the 20th instant are retd. I derived great pleasure from General Pinkneys declaration to General Hamilton; and wish you to inform him, that I feel happy in the thought of having him as a Coadjutor, if our disputes with France are to be decided by the Sword. Let me hear from you as soon as possible on the subject of my last letters to you—dated the...
Enclosed is a letter from Lieutenant Philemon C. Blake offering a resignation of his commission. If it is accepted, it will be necessary to appoint another person to act as Pay & Quarter Master to the detachment under the command of Major Cass—The Major strongly recommends Lieut. Jacob Wilson for the purpose—I request your sanction to the nomination— It appears from a letter which I have just...
I send for your information an extract from Col. Rice’s letter of the 20th of November. Col. Rice strongly recommends, Moses Breckett as a Cadet in your his regiment— I know Two persons have already been proposed as Cadets in this regiment, and it is not contemplated I know to appoint more than two at the present juncture—But the merits of Mr Breckett can be considered when the period arrives...
I enclose to you a letter from Colonel Ogden, and request that the necessary funds may be immediately forwarded to him he may be immediately furnished with the necessary funds to complete the payment for the land I address myself to you on this subject as the thing does not belong to the Pay master’s department, and the department of the Quarter Master is not yet completely organized. I have...
Inclosed are Recommendations of Rufus Graves and Joseph Dunham, from Mr Freeman and Letters from themselves requesting Appointments in the Army. And some notes of Observations made to me verbally and put down on paper at my desire, which you may consider at present and return to me when I meet you again, if ever DLC : James McHenry Papers.
It was not my intention, in my letter of the twenty third instant, to represent the application of Captain Elliot to you as irregular, but merely to intimate that it would be imprudent inconvenient to give effect to such an application in derogation from a general arrangement. You will perceive from the enclosed letter the order which has been given addressed to the commanding officer of Fort...
I have duly received your letters of the 5th 10th & 21st & 22d of this month, with their several enclosures. It is well known to you that in selecting from the documents laid before us, suitable Characters to fill the respective grades in the twelve additional Regimts the Major Generals and myself spared no pains to find such as appeared, on every account, most likely to render efficient...
Yours dated by mistake Augt. 6th. I received yesterday. I postponed a reply ’till to day because I wished first to reflect maturely. My mind is unalterably made up. I shall certainly not hold the commission on the plan proposed, and only wait an official communication to say so. I return you the inclosures in your letter. You may depend on my fidelity to your friendly confidence. I shall...
New York, October 23, 1799. “… I am induced to think, that the recruiting Service for the Sixth and Seventh Regiments will be promoted by leaving them to take their Winter Quarters within their respective States. I submit this observation. It is not for me to judge, as to these Troops, whether there are reasons for adhering to the primitive plan which outweigh the consideration just...
Major Bradley observing that the recruiting service is attended with particular expence to the Officers, and that four month’s pay is, generally, due to them, urges a Supply to that extent. The request being reasonable will I doubt not, engage a correspondent attention With great considn. & respect &c. P.S. He Seems uncertain about the destination of his Cloathing—Has it been forwarded & has...
I beg leave to recall your attention to the suggestion contained in my letter of the 21st. of June, respecting the raising mounting and equipping of one of the Six additional troops of Horse together with the Non commissioned Officers of the other Troops—and to request your final direction on the subject. The service of the Cavalry in this Country has never been but imperfectly understood....
I observe by the concluding paragraph of your letter of the 10th. instant that you contemplate conferences between the Secretaries of State and of the Treasury and myself, for the purpose of obtaining auxiliary information from their departments. Several of the questions which you state seem indeed to require such information. But on reflection, it has occurred to me as most regular, that you...
Col. Read proposes Lieutenant Long as Adjutant, and Dr. Cutlar as Surgeon to his regiment. I would recommend that these nominations be Confirmed. I believe I have mentioned to you Carleton Walker as the person designated by the officers of the sixth regiment to fill the office of Paymaster. I wish your sanction to this nomination. I have written to the different commandants requesting each of...
I have mislaid the lists of Officers in the fifth and Sixth regiments—You will much oblige by me by sending new lists ones— With great respect ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Private & confidential My dear Sir, Mount Vernon 10th Augt 1798 You will consider this letter as private & confidential. Dictated by friendship, and flowing from the best intentions. If then, any thing should be found therein wch may have too much the appearance of plain dealing, look to the motives, and manner of the communication, & my apology will be sought for in yr candor. From the moment...
Inclosed is the assignment of his Officers by Col Hall to the several Districts and subdistricts. He informs me that Lt. Ninian Pinckney has been nominated as Pay Master & Lieutenant Daniel Hughes as Adjutant of the Regiment. I recommend a confirmation. The others of his Regimental Staff The Quarter Master had not yet been nominated. Col Nathan Rice informs me that Lt Robert Duncan has been...
Enclosing are letters from Captain Jordan and Lieutenant Soper offering a resignation of their commissions Col. Hunnewell urges strongly that they be accepted— Enclosed is an extract of a letter from Major Rivardi which I send you for your information. ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
The returns from every quarter shew that desertion prevails to a ruinous extent. For this the remedies are   1:   greater attention to discipline   2.   additional care in furnishing the Supplies due to the Soldiery of such quality and with such exactness as will leave no real cause of dissatisfaction   3,   the forbearance to inlist foreigners, and, lastly, energy in the punishment of...
I have lately received information, which, in my opinion, merits attention. It is that the brawlers against Governmental measures in some of the most discontented parts of this state, have, all of a sudden, become silent; and, it is added, are very desirous of obtaining Commissions in the Army, about to be raised. This information did not fail to leave an impression upon my mind at the time I...