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I had the honor of Receiving your letter of the 24th ultimo together with one from your Aide De Camp Covering Acts & Regulations Respecting the military establishment which I shall duly attend to I herewith Inclose you the arrangement of The officers to the several Recruiting Rendezvous & have subjoined the appointments of the Staff. They are Gentlemen Who I Believe will fill their Respective...
I did myself the honor to write to you some time ago Stating to you that Mr Davidson A Merchant in Winchester had been so obliging as to make some advances to Capt Bishops Company without which It woud have been almost Impracticable for them to have marched Mr Davidson has sent on proper Vouchers for the advances he had made but has lately understood that the Comp a ny has been paid off...
I now Inclose you a list of articles furnished to Capt Bishops Company. I am sorry that the measure did not meet your entire approbation But I am well convinced: that he coud not have marched with them— If the weather Continues favourable I hope to be able to get my Regiment nearly coverd this week—I am using every exertion in my power to provide the necessary materials for the other Troops...
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...
Winchester [ Virginia ] September 16, 1799 . “… I Really think that a Supply of money for the Troops is absolutely Essential. Many of the Soldiers are Becomeing Verry uneasy & Restless having been informed by the enemies to Government that they are to Receive no pay, and the Report Rediculous as It may appear gains Credit; especially as the officers have no money to advance them to Remove...
Winchester [ Virginia ] July 24, 1799 . “I have received your letter of the 12th Instant. Since the date of my last letter the Residue of the cloathing mentioned in yours have come to hand. we are much in want of the Horsemans Tents for the officers & I will thank you to Request of the S of war to order a Marque for my use as the one sent from Shepherds Town is not fit for Service.… Majr...
I have Received your letter of the 14th Instant & have now Inclosed to you a list of the officers of the 8th Regt in which we have made some alterations Altho I had strong Reasons to Believe that Mr Little woud be appointed to fill the Vacancy of Jno C Williams I did not Give him any such assurance, & he has only to Condemn himself for the expence he has been at In — to enter into Service I...
I neglected in the Inclosed to mention to you my wish that a Genl Court Martial shoud be ordered for the Trial of the Two Deserters that I mentioned to you in a former letter they are still in Irons with the Greatest Respect I am Sir your Obdt Servt ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have Received yours of the 24th & 28th ultimo; previous to which I had Received an assurance from the Paymaster General that the money for the pay & Subsistance of the Troops woud be Immediately sent on. I Imagine it may now be daily expected I Informed you in a former letter that we had Received a Supply of Coats & overalls these will for the present make us Quite Comfortable as soon as...
since I had the honor of writing you a few days age, I have learnt that the State had been previously laid off into districts for Recruiting & that Contracts had been ordered to be made at the several Rendezvous for the Subsistance of the Recruits. I mentioned to you in my last letter that I conceived It would be necessary to make some alterations in the Rendesvous & expressed my Reasons in...
early in April last I Received a letter from Genl Lee Informing me that you had Requested him to Assist in laying off the State of Virginia into Recruiting districts & desiring that I woud wait on him for that purpose In the execution of this duty I had to Ride 350 miles & have made it a charge in my — of Travelling expences &C But my paymaster informs me that the paymaster Genl thinks a...
Soon after I wrote to you Respecting an apprentice that had been enlisted by Capt Bishop, His master applied to Mr White one of the Judges of the General Court of this State; who has Released him from his engagement with Captain Bishop His Reasons for doing so are detailed in a letter to me of the 14th Instant a Copy of which I now do myself the honor to Inclose I am extreamly anctious to Have...
Winchester [ Virginia ] June 30, 1799 . “… We have enlisted nearly Two hundred men for the 8th Regt many of whome are almost naked & extreamly dissatisfied with their Situations, as we were taught to believe that the cloathing would be ready to dress them as soon as they were enlisted. only a small Supply of Hats Shirts & Shoes have yet come to hand. I Beg Sir that you will exert your...
I have Received your letter of the 9th Inst Covering a list of the officers of the 2d Regt Except Lieut Little who does not appear on the List. I Imagene this must have arisen from mistake as mister Littles name is in the pay office & he has been Regularly mustered & done duty for Several months I am Requested by the Revd Mr Hill to Beg that you will Inform him through me whether it is...
I have got the Eagles for my Regiment made of pewter they are extreamly well finished but the man who made them says he shall be a loser unless some addition coud be allowed him by the public; tho he is perfectly willing to Abide by his Contract with me which was 3 Cents for each. As he is a Verry Industrious honest man I Coud wish that I may be permitted to add a Cent or even a half Cent to...
Inclosed is a letter from Colo Powell in favour of Mr Sylliman who wishes to enter into the Service of his Country The Character of Colo Powell is too well Known to you to require any comment from me I Informed you in my last that I Knew nothing of Mr Sylliman except from Report— The Vacancy of Jno C Williams is not yet filled. I did suppose from what you mentioned to me that Mr Robert Little...
Winchester [ Virginia ] October 6, 1799 . “… It is with the Utmost pain that I am again Compelled to ask for a Supply of money for the Troops. Many of the men who have been enlisted between five & six months have never Recd a Shilling of pay & only part of their Bounty & the arts & Insinuations of the Enemies to our administration has had such an Effect on the minds of many of them that I do...
I have received a letter from the Secretary of war refering me to you for Information Respecting the Code of military Instructions which Is to be observed in Raising and Diciplineing the Troops for Service I wish to have them as soon as Convenient that I may distribute them amongst the officers Mr Thomas Burk of Berkly county Is Verry Strongly Recommended to me as a Cadet. As It appears that...
Since I wrote to you on the 24th Instant & in a postscript of the 25 acknowledged the Receipt of your letters of the 12th & 15th. I have used the most unremitted endeavours to Get my Regiment Covered & to procure materials for the other Regiments in Case they should Come forward. I have left the Charge & the Business of Huting for a few days to my majors & am proceeding through the Country to...
Winchester [ Virginia ] July 17, 1799 . “… A partial Supply of Cloathing has at last arrived.… I Cannot help however Complaining of the Waistcoats that have been sent on one part of which—I mean the Backs—is absolutely Composed of Indifferent negro Cotton which is peculiarly disgusting to the Soldiery in this part of the Country.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
when I Inclosed you Returns of the Cloathing Arms &c. that had been Received for my Regiment I omited to mention to you that the Knapsacks had no division in them whether It woud be adveisable to have the Soldiers Cloathing so nearly Connected With their Provisions I will leave you to determine If you Shoud think proper to order Divisions to be made Be pleased to empower me to have it done...
I yesterday had the honor to receive your letter of the 13th of April ordering me to Assign the officers to the different Sub Districts I had previously Received a letter from you to the same Effect & complied with your orders without delay an account of which I Transmitted to you by the last mail I coud wish to have the Vacancies occasioned by the appointments of the Regimental staff & by non...
Winchester [ Virginia ] October 10, 1799 . States that with the help of Tobias Lear he has selected ground for winter quarters for the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Regiments. Adds that he “made this arrangement on a Supposition that the Troops are to Encamp in the same manner as During the Revolution war. If I am not Correct in my Ideas of the Business be pleased to Inform me.… as there is a...
Winchester [ Virginia ] August 24, 1799 . “… The want of Coats & Vests for the Soldiers & Subsistance money for the officers are Verry Great Bars to the Success of the Recruiting Service. Many of the officers who are upwards of one hundred & fifty miles from their friends & Connections are entirely destitute of money & have no means of Procuring any.… The arms that we have Received are so...
Captain Lightfoot has just Called on me with the Inclosed letters, which exactly corrispond with the Information I have received from other Sources Relative to the Unfavourable Situation of Stantoun at present as a Recruiting Rendezvous. I feel myself verry much at a loss How to act. But as Colo Thurston the Contractor has chearfully agreed to furnish Rations at Woodstock — as Captain Taylor...
Winchester [ Virginia ] June 14, 1799 . “… on examining the Hats that have been sent on I find they are destitute of Cockades and loops.… The Recruiting money has been Received & distributed there was only a Sufficiency sent on to Recruit forty four men to a Company at eight dollars ⅌ man. An additional Supply will be Immediately wanted as Several of the officers of my Regiment have been verry...
I have Received your letters of the 19th and 20th of September I take the liberty to Recommend Mr Thomas Burk & Joshua Tennison as Cadets as I Believe they are Equally Capable of performing the duties of that office to any who have been Recommended & have for several months past at their own Expence Rendered Verry Essential service to the Recruiting of the Regiment On the Subject of your...
I Shall be Glad to be Informed whether the Eagles for the Hats of the Private Soldiers are to be sent on or whether I may be permitted to have them made at this place. An Artist that I have conversed with on the subject Tells me that he Can afford to make them of pewter for 3 Cents but that Tin ones will Cost 9 & that he thinks that pewter will look much better When I distributed the...
I take the Liberty to Inclose Two letters of Recommendation in favour of Mr. Wm Hedgeman Thom I have no personal Acquaintance with the young Gentleman but from the Characters of the Gentlemen who have Recommended him I presume he woud make a Valuable officer As Genl Pinckney has not arrived I must Beg leave again to solicit you to have the Vacancies in my Regt filled as I am ancti ous to...
Winchester [ Virginia ] October 16, 1799 . “I had forwarded pay & muster Rolls up to the 30th of September & was consoling myself with the hope of a Speedy Supply of money; when the post of yesterday Brought to my pay master (Instead of money) a large Supply of Blank Returns. From the paymasters Communication I Know not when we may expect a Supply as he seems to think it necessary that the...