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I yesterday received your favor of the 3d. instant and beg you to be assured, that any employment, which your arrangements may have assigned me, shall be zealously undertaken and faithfully executed to the extent of my abilities, at the same time, it is proper for me, to express my apprehensions, that the result will not, in any other particulars, justify the confidence with which you have...
Your letter of the 22d. instant came by the mail of Saturday and was received by me on the Monday following, being yesterday, I am now on this day setting to execute your commission with all the dispatch in my power. I have the honor to be with the utmost respect your mo. ob. servt ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have lately learned, that Captain Cole of the 11th regiment, has solicited from you, that his resignation might be accepted—he had previously notified me by letter of an intention to resign on the first day of the present month, since which he has not addressed me—believing, however, that he considered his communication to me, as sufficiently formal, I have to join him, in his request, that...
Permit me to remind you, that the supplies of wood for the Brigade at the Cantonment, near the Scotch plains have been made up to the 15th. of the present month, and not farther, the sooner orders may be received, for a farther supply, the greater will be the time, within which I may use endeavours to make contracts for lower sums, than I have been oblidged, from necessity to give. I have the...
Elizabeth Town [ New Jersey ] June 23, 1799 . “… The success in recruiting in the several sub-districts, hes been exceedingly various, which may be ascribed in part to the different degrees of address or talent in that way, and of activity, in the recruiting Officers, in part to the good or ill disposition of the inhebitents toward the government and in part, to a went of Officers occesioned...
Yesterday by the mail I duly received your favor of the 22d. Ultimo, and being in the predicament you mention, in relation to the hats received for my regiment, I have made arrangements for the supply of cockades and loops agreably to your directions— With the highest respect I have the honor to be, Your mo. Obedt. servt. ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Mr. Genti, has arrived with your baggage, for which a waggon is ready, as also, a horse for himself, there will be no delay in getting them forward. A horse for yourself & two horses for your carevan, with a driver, will be at Paulus-hook to morrow evening. I will have the honor of meeting you at Newerk and Shewing you the way to your quarters, neer the Cantonment. I am with the most perfect...
Elizabethtown [ New Jersey ] December 15, 1800 . Complains that he cannot collect from the Government the money he spent for the public service while he was in the Army. Asks Hamilton to certify that the vouchers for Ogden’s expenditures be allowed. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For payments to Ogden, see William Simmons to Henry Dearborn, March 5, 18, 31, April 26, 1802 (RG 217,...
In obedience to your letter of the 22d. instant, I have viewed all the positions in the vicinity of the Raritan, of which I could gain information, among these, there is one, on Green-brook which empties into that river possessing far greater advantages, in my apprehension, than either of the others. This site affords a great abundance of good wood for hutting and for fuel lying 800 yards in...
Pursuant to your direction, with as much expedition, as appeared consistent, with the idea of giving to each Officer of my regiment, an opportunity of voting for a person to be nominated as paymaster, I convened this day, agreably to a previous notice, eleven Officers, who by a plurality of voices nominated Lieutenant John G. Whorter as a fit character to be recommended to that Office—He will...
Know all Men by These Presents that I Alexander Hamilton of the City of New York Counsellor at Law am held and firmly bound to Richard Harrison of the same City and Aaron Ogden of Elizabeth Town in New Jersey Counsellors at law in the sum of Ten thousand Dollars lawful money of the United States of America to be paid to them as Trustees for Louis and Mary LeGuen according to their Antenuptial...
A deserter by the name of Nicholas Potter, from Captain Henry’s company of artillery is now confined in my quarter guard, he having been delivered up to me—May I have permission to forward him to Governors Island, or what is your pleasure concerning him—He offers to engage himself in the 11. regiment to serve during the existing differences with the French Republic—He is in appearance a very...
I returned last evening, from the vicinity of Pompton, after having examined the situations in that quarter, shewn to me by Major Colfax, and concerning which, he says, he had given you information. Upon his lands, I find abundance of wood suitable for hutting standing on low and swampy grounds, which might be brought to a contiguous position on high ground, on which there is not much wood and...
On my return home last evening from Sussex Court, I found your favor of the 20th. instant, and in pursuance thereof, after a consultation with Major Shute, I beg leave to submit, to your consideration, the following division of the State of New-Jersey, into two districts , and six sub-districts or company rendezvouses , for the purpose of recruiting six companies. The first District , to...
Your favor of the 23d. instant, I received by the Mail of Yesterday, and have accordingly appointed Saturday, the sixth of the next month, for a meeting of the Officers at New-Brunswick, for the purpose of making a nomination of a paymaster by a plurality of their voices—I could not consistently, with the expedition required, fix upon a later day, without interfering with the engagements,...
There being still a vacancy in my regiment, occasioned by the appointment of the regimental staff—I take the liberty, under the permission contained in your favor of the 23d. Ultimo, of recommending Mr. William J. Anderson as a Candidate. This young gentleman now resides at Burlington in New-Jersey and is a student of the Law—he has an amiable disposition and genteel manners, he has received a...
The deeds for the two lotts at Green-Brook, which I had prepared, from an actual survey, have been executed by the owners and acknowled by them and their wives, respectively, in due form—They remain as escrows, untill payment of the consideration money, which is expected, by them, immeadiately agreably to my assurances, which I doubt not, will be verified, to their satisfaction, The amount is...
I have returned this evening, from veiwing, in company with Mr Bray, as well, the situations mentioned in his letter to the Secretary of War, as also, some others in the neighbourhood of New Brunswick. But two of them combine the advantages of wood and water, the one, belonging to Miss Ellis, lies within two miles of New Brunswick and contains, as is said, about sixty acres of wood land, which...
Since my report of yesterday, yours of the 18th. has come to hand containing a duplicate of a former letter of the 9th. instant, which had been duly received. It now occurs to me, that perhaps, it may be proper to add, that I had publickly, been at pains to gain information of all the probable situations in the neighbourhood of New-Brunswick and on the Rariton, with a view to prepare the...
Major Adlum and Captain Bowman have joined in written recommendations in favor of Mr Josiah Wright for the appointment of a cadet in the 11th. regiment of Infantry. This young gentleman, agreably to Captain Bowmans representation to me, has been employed with great profit in the recruiting service since the 15th. May last, under a promise from Major Adlum that he receive an appointment of...
I send you the enclosed letter of appointment which Lieutenant Thomas Reading junior, has delivered to me, with a request that the resignation thereof might be accepted—This gentleman is now under arrest, placed upon him by Captain Stockton for disobedience of orders and ungentlemanlike conduct. I wish it was in my power to say, that I supposed, the service would suffer a loss by the...
In answer to yours of this day, I have to inform, that Reading was the more particular station, contemplated to have been taken by Major Adlum. Easton is within his district, and perhaps, nearly equally convenient. He has written to me that the spirit of disaffection, in the greater part of his district, will retard the recruiting very much, so that his aid in this service will be very...
I enclose you a letter of appointment, which Lieutenant Charles Read of the eleventh regiment of Infantry has just sent me, requesting that the resignation of the same might be accepted. This Officer, in my opinion, discredits the service, he is now under arrest for un-officerlike behaviour and a disobedience of orders, His friends who recommended him, admit, that they had mistaken his...
I enclose the bond, which has been executed by Lieutenant John G McWhorter, paymaster, of the 11th. regiment of Infantry, pursuant to the act of Congress—The sureties, in my opinion, are entirely sufficient; I, also, enclose you a list of the Captain’s and subalterns of the regiment, with the numbers altered, so that the arrangement will stand somewhat different, from the one I had the honor...
The paymaster of the 11th. regiment having received a communication from the pay-master-general, intimating that pay might be received for the regiment, provided that the muster rolls and pay-rolls were duly made out, which mode he prefers to the making of payment on account, I take the liberty of enquiring whether the authority given to me in your letter of the 19th. of June last, in respect...
Your favor of the 12th. instant, enclosing a General order, of that date, was received by the mail of Yesterday—I have, accordingly, transmitted information, to Major William Shute, Captain’s, Robert Hunt, Job Stockton, Charles Marles, Walter R. Cole, and Lieutenant John G McWhorter, respectively, together with a regimental order, that the gentlemen above named, do attend the General Court...
In consequence of the intimations contained in the letter of Mr John Bray to the Secretary of War, a copy of which you did me the honor to send enclosed of in your letter of the 19th. instant—I shall immeadiately view the situations of which he makes mention, and hope to be able to report respecting them by the Mail of Monday or Teusday—I presume you have received my letters of the 19th &...
I embrace the moment, while you are at the seat of Government, to forward to you, the enclosed, as a proposed arrangement of rank for the company Officers of the 11th. regiment in which Major Shute and myself, (being the only field Officers of the regiment between whom a consultation has been possible,) entirely agree. I choose this moment, the more especially, as General Dayton, who is well...
In mustering the recruits sent in to the regimental rendevous, I have found one who is about five feet three inches, he is a barber and exceedingly useful to the Officers and men, there is another who lacks a little of five feet five inches but he is exceedingly well made and strong, his age 22 years—there are two others who have enlisted since the publication of the orders respecting the...
I do myself the honor of submitting to your consideration, the enclosed estimate. As soon as the same shall be returned with your remarks and alterations, I shall be enabled, to form the returns, as required by the General order of the 7th. of the last month, as fast, as they may be sent to me by the different Corps. Will any further order be necessary, or am I to consider the General order...
The men, who have been recruited for the 11th. regiment, begin to solicit for pay, many of them having been enlisted for more than a month, I have promised to write upon the subject, and as money is the life of the recruiting service, I hope, shortly, to receive directions for carrying into execution, the arrangements, which have been or may be made for fulfilling this part of the contract...
Nothing, but the unavoidable difficulties, in collecting returns from Pensylvania, has prevented your receiving the return herewith transmitted, long before this. I am sorry that you will find, by a note, that it is still incomplete in one of the companies from Pensylvania, returns from which later than the middle of June has not been received, but I am well assured that more men have been...
Permit me to solicit your application for some promotions in the 11th. regiment—Should the gentlemen, in whose behalf I address you, be disappointed in their expectations, I apprehend, that they may feel themselves destitute of that hope of advancement, which was an inducement for their entering into service, and an incitement, for the zealous discharge of its duties. The following is the...
I take the liberty of recommending, Lieutenant Samuel S. Voorhis, for the appointment of Adjutant, to the 11th. Regiment of Infantry, in the room of Lieutenant William Potter, lately appointed an Assistant to the Deputy Quarter Master General. Mr Voorhis appears well-qualified to fill the station for which he is recommended, and, I have no doubt that, in case, he be appointed, he will...
The intervention of the 4th. of July and the Affairs of the Society of Cincinnati having occupied the day succeeding, have delayed my answering yours respecting the appointment of Mr. How to a second Lieutenancy in the 11th. regiment. I beg you to be assured that the measure proposed, will be to me perfectly agreeble, and I have accordingly in my letter to Mr Howe enquired of him whether such...
There is an instance in the 11th. regiment, where a young man under 18. years of age, but supposed to have been of sufficient age, by the recruiting Officer, enlisted into the service. His relations, who are respectable, require his discharge, as matter of right, but have agreed to submit to your decision, upon the question, “whether or not, it be in the option of government to retain persons...
By a letter received, by the mail this morning, from Mr Abraham Hunt at Trenton, I learn, to my great sorrow, that his son Captain Robert Hunt, who was detailed for the Court Martial about to convene at New York, in a fit of Coughing, has ruptured a blood vessel in the lungs, and that he now lyes in a very critical situation, and totally unable to attend—This accident happened on Saturday...
I have the honor to send you, the enclosed list of recruits, whom I am desirous of mustering, under your permission—The young lads are of that description, which promise in a very little time to make the best of soldiers—The two, who are proposed for musicians, you will doubtless consider, as of better age, than that of eighteen for every purpose of instruction and use—it is impossible to...
In pursuance of your favor of the 13th. instant, I send you herewith, a list of the Officers assigned to the different subdistricts, shewing the name of the principal officer of each district and the particular sub-districts to which he is assigned I have the honor to be Sir with the highest respect your mo. ob. Sert ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing "A List of the...
I have confined in my guard, three deserters, of the 11th. regiment of Infantry—one named Azor Nash who deserted from the recruiting rendezvous at Wilksbarre the two others are James Donaldson and Matthew Baxter whom, I had occasion heretofore to mention to you. I wish to know your pleasure concerning them, and you will particularly oblidge me, by an opinion, whether or not, the commanding...
Elizabeth Town [ New Jersey ] May 13, 1800 . “… I did not return, untill after post hour, from the Cantonment, where I had been to take a house for you, agreeably to your request. I have procured one within a mile, pleasantly situated, in which, you can have three rooms—should it be necessary, besides, to have a dining marquee, I have one at your service, which may possibly answer your...
I have received your favor of the 24th. instant, and shall, at once, as far, as may be in my power, avail myself of the authority to hire, temporarily, persons, in the capacities of drummers and fifers, to be employed in the recruiting service, untill others can be enlisted. I shall, also, in conformity with your idea, take care, that the recruits, which shall be raised, shall not long remain...
I have heretofore, recommended Mr. Joseph Wright, alone, for the appointment of a Cadet, in the eleventh regiment, not having had sufficient information of character, in respect to some others who have applyed themselves to me, as to be able to make recommendations in their favor, as soon as I shall be enabled, I shall make the selection of another, and communicate with you accordingly. In the...
I have now to add to the communication, which I had the honor to make yesterday, that the owners of the situation on Green-brook, in the vicinity of the Raritan, offer their wood, and the use of their property to the public for the sum of sixty dollars per acre, for so much as may be required, for a term of three years; they, also, offer an alternative, which is extremely reasonable, to wit,...
If there be not some cogent reasons; which incline you to retain New-Brunswick, as the regimental rendezvous, for the regiment, under my command, it would be highly accomodating to me, that Elizabeth-Town should be subsituted in your order. You can more readily conceive, than I can shortly express, the benefits, which will result to me, personally, from an opportunity of devoting those spare...
At the time, when I received at your Office, an arrangement of rank, for the Captains and subalterns, of the Eleventh -regiment, I mentioned that Captain Bowman, who had then lately joined the regiment, from the recruiting service, wished to submit to you, thro’ me, a claim to be arranged as the eldest Captain, upon the principle of his having been, at the end of the revolutionary war, senior...
Captain Williamson has the appearance and manners of a gentleman, possesses the character of a man of probity, is a good pen-man, and accurate at calculations—he has wealthy connections, to enter into the requisite suretyship, and, in my opinion, is, in every respect, very suitable to fill the post of Deputy-Pay-Master-General for the troops under your command, and, I have every reason to...
Pursuant to yours of the 28th. Ultimo, I have made enquiry in the vicinity of the Cantonment, near the Scotch plains, for a house, or houses, that might be suitable, for the accomodation of sick, but cannot find that any such are vacant, or to be procured. I have calculated the expence of building for each regiment, an hospital of 34 feet, in length, and 20 feet in width, enclosed and covered...
I believe, there can be no doubt, but a fair construction of the 6th. Section of the “act for the better organizing of the troops of the United States” will warrant the appointment of officers from the line to act as assistants, to the principals of the Quarter-Master Generals department, in the several military districts; and that from this source, gentlemen of more respectability and more...
I take the liberty of recommending, Lieutenant Thomas Brinley of the 16th. regiment for the appointment of Brigade Quarter-Master. Captain Ellery has given me a character of this gentleman, which shews him, altogether suitable for this station, and which, it seems, he prefers to the one to which he had been invited in the Office of the Adjutant General. I wrote to Colo. Rice on this subject a...