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From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 22 May 1799

To James McHenry, 22 May 1799

New York May 22. 1799


I have received a letter from Col Smith of which the inclosed is an extract. As the mention of Capt Fowler to you was in conformity with his opinion, after a particular consultation, I was rather surprized at the turn of his letter. I however sent his recommendation, though I imagine it is likely to come too late. And in justice to Capt Fonda, I ought to add that he was Adjutant of a batalion of light Infantry under my command, at the siege of York Town, & that I consider him as a respectable officer.

Capt McClellan of the first Regiment of Artillery is directed to undertake the recruiting of a company within the Counties of Albany Saratoga & Rensselaer in this State as soon as he shall have received the requisite supply of money Cloathing and camp utensils. I request that it may be without delay forwarded to this City—

With great respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr Obed Ser

The Secy of War

(ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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