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I have received your letter of the fifth instant, and approve the intention which it expresses of coming to this place relative to your journey. You will be pleased to signify to Captain Littlefield that his request of a furlough is granted— With Gr— ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
The Secretary at War has sent me a copy of your letter of the 10th of February. It appears to me proper that you should take the command at Rhode Island while you continue to be employed there and are the superior officer. You will do it accordingly and you will communicate this letter to the present commanding officer as your authority. He will also communicate to you a letter, which I wrote...
I have received your letter of the 3d. instant and shall immediately write to the Secy. of War on the Subject of it. With great con— ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Agreeable to suggestions heretofore made I request that you will forthwith commence in conjunction with Major Hoops the preparation of a system of Regulations for the exercise of Artillery and for the police & service of the Corps of Artillerists in Camp Quarters and Garrisons. I forbear to enter into a particular detail of the course to be pursued relying upon the indications of the Subject...
Your several letters of the third, fifth, ninth and nineteenth of October have been duly received. I do not think it expedient to transfer Major Jackson to Boston as I have but lately consented to his being stationed at New Port, and as you can will shortly leave that place. I have considered the observations in your letter of the fifth of October relative to the particular situation in which...
You will forthwith take arrangements and give orders for the conveyance of Capt. Littlefield with his Company to West Chester in this State, there to repair to the rendezvous a Camp of the 12th. Regiment commanded by Col: Smith, and wait for further order—reporting his arrival immediately to me, it is intended that he Shall proceed thence to the Potomack where your Battalion is to assemble....
I have received your letter of Jany. 13th. relying on Cadet Wilson’s being necessary to you I shall approve of your taking him; but as to compensation which he may expect, I can make no communication, unless it is that my influence will be exerted to procure him whatever his additional labours may merit The suggestions contained in the close of your letter will be considered of— With— ( Df ,...
I have received your letter of the twenty eighth, but do not perceive in it any sufficient reason for preferring Philadelphia to N York or it’s vicinity for your residence during the ensuing winter. Any military books belonging to the public can be sent to you, and if you are in a town near this city I can correspond regular with you by post, which would supercede the necessity of a personal...
I have received your letters of May 3 & 6 and have written to the Superintendant to forward you the Cloathing and Tents— (Copy, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Upon receiving recurrence to your letter of the first of June I find you mention your having ordered thirty five thirty two pounders, and one twenty four remove to be removed to New Port. I understand by from this that passage that these pieces of Artillery are all placed on the different fortifications which defend the harbor of Rhode Island—You will please to inform me whether it is so, and...
I have directed the PMG to send deliver to Lieut Woolstonecraft, subject to your orders, bounty money for six complete companies of Artillerists. As soon as the money shall have been received you will repair with Lieut. Woolstoncraft to the Union Brigade for the purpose of enlisting the Men. ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
By the inclosed Copy of a General Court Martial Order you will find that I have appointed a General Court Martial of which Captain William Littlefield to be president. It must if possible consist of not less than Seven Members. I authorise you to summon in my name for this purpose any of the Officers mentioned in the inclosed list, besides those of the Garrison You will also name a person to...
I have received your letter of the 8th instt. with the inclosed one from Lieutt. Dransy, and have in consequence of them directed the Adjutant General to countermand the order respecting that Officer with true consideration &— ( Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have received your letter of the twenty eighth, but do not perceive in it any sufficient reason for preferring Philadelphia to N York or its vicinity for your residence during the ensuing winter. Any military books belonging to the public can be sent to you, and if you are in a town near this city I can correspond regular with you by post, which would supersede the necessity of a personal...
It has been represented that the Fort at Portsmouth wants a new magazine new platforms embrazures, that the walls require to be repaired and the cannon to be mounted. It is my wish that the state of this post may be surveyed and a specific report, made to me of what may be indispensable to be done, towards putting the Fort to in a state fit for service, with an estimate of the probable...
I have received the your letter of the fourteenth instant. As the plan of Uniform proposed to the Secretary of War has not yet received his sanction I do not think it proper it can not with propriety be inserted in the regulations which you are preparing. You must It will therefore be necessary to leave blanks to be filled up hereafter— ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton...
New York, October 2, 1799. “… I am very sensible of the necessity of more organization and system on the subject of fortifications than now exist. The thing has had my attention and will continue to have it untill the object is accomplished. It is my intention, if the views of the Secretary of War shall not prevent, to employ you during the winter at or near New York in assisting to prepare...
The multiplicity of my engagements and the not having yet obtained the requisite assistance by the full organisation of my military family unavoidably occasion delay in the matters of secondary importance. Hence I find among my unanswered letters several from you of May 3. June the 1 and 30th, July 15th. August 19 & 23. Such part of their contents as may require it shall now have my attention....
It being important that the arrangement of the corps of Artillerists should be as speedily as possible carried into effect, Major Jackson has been directed to assume the command — of all the Posts in the vicinity of the Sea Board in the states of Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts including the Province of Maine & New Hampshire and to take his own station generally at Rhode Island. But as...
I am The Secy of War has informed me, that there are forty six Iron Cannon chiefly twenty four pounders belonging to the U States, which are lying on the wharf of Mr. John Brown of Providence, If they have not You will determine the number and has desired me to instruct direct you to report to me the number wanted for the several defences at Rhode Island, and the other harbours in that quarter...
I have just received your letter of the 25th instant, and am happy to find that you have made such progress in the regulations which you were commissioned to prepare. I agree with you that there is no necessity for assistance from the advanced state of the work, and have — have written to Captain Ez Izzard to that effect— ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of...
I have received yours of the 2nd instant and shall immediately attend to your request concerning Tents. &c— ( Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).