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To Alexander Hamilton from Thomas Parker, 15 August 1799

From Thomas Parker, 15 August 1799

Winchester 15th of August 1799


I have written to you several letters on a Variety of Subjects in which I thought the public Service was Interested

But I Imagene the Subjects may have been thought too unimportant to attend to or your answer must have miscarried as I have not heard from you by the Two last mails—

I have procured loans of money for several of my officers whose situations woud not permit them to Continue the Recruiting Service without assistance & I Shall be obliged to advance the money out of my own private funds unless it is shortly sent forward

If a Supply of Coats & Vests Coud be forwarded with the Horsemans Tents they woud be Verry acceptable

I forwarded to the Adjt Genl by the last post the Enlistments & monthly Returns of the 8th Regt—

You must pardon me for again mentioning the Verry Great discontent that the appointment of Mr Meredith & Mr Stephens as First Lieutenants has given to the second Lieutenants of my Regiment tho I Consider them Both as good officers I had no Idea & I am certain they had not of Being put over the heads of any officer who had been previously appointed, & If the arrangement coud with propriety be changed so as to give the preference to the Two Eldest 2nd Lieutenants I coud wish it done, as I am Confident we shall otherwise lose several valuable officers

I Trust that you will pardon the liberty that I take in Troubling you so often & that you will Believe me to be with the Greatest Respect Sir your Verry obdt Servt

Thomas Parker

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark in the left margin beside the line in the third paragraph beginning "out of my own private funds...."

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