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The possibility of my letters under date of May and June having not come to hand I hope will be sufficient apology for my so repeatedly pestering you with my epistles—I have been waiting for four months in expectation of orders (by every post). Shoud When you think proper to forward them they will be strictly attended to at the above na place by Sir your Ob’dient and very Hbl Servant ( ALS ,...
Hudson [ New York ] October 30, 1797 . Discusses a case involving a land dispute between William Proctor, for whom Hamilton was counsel, and “Avery & others,” who were represented by Spencer. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Spencer was a Hudson, New York, attorney. In 1794 he represented Columbia County in the New York Assembly, and from 1796 to 1802 he was a member of the state...
Upon the receipt of your Letter of the 22d. Inst. I called upon Mr. Jay, who I find is of opinion that, he cannot go to Philadelphia & return in time, for his Court & that he can give his opinion in writing. Mr. Gulian Verplanck seems disposed that the New York Bank shoud give every aid in their power consistent with safety, & on Tuesday they will assist the Dealers in some degree. I have seen...
Statement of the Revenue of the United States and Appropriations Charged Thereon to the End of the Year 1792. Dr. Revenue   Dollars Cts. To Amount of Duties on Imports and Tonnage and of Fines Penalties and Forfeitures from the commencement of the present Government to the 31st Decr. 1791. } 6,534,263 84 “ Product of Duties on Spirits distilld within the United States for a half year ending...
Morristown [ New Jersey ] April 7, 1777. Orders release of “Mr. Smith” who had been acting as a spy for the Americans and was mistakenly arrested by Major General Benjamin Lincoln. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Joseph Reed had resigned as adjutant general and was residing in Philadelphia as a private citizen.
I send you inclosed an interesting little piece addressed to Gallatin by a former Citizen of Geneva—if translated and published it may do good. We have no news from the mediterranean since the Capture of Malta, nor can we do more than conjecture the future destination of Buonaparte. Turin with its arsenals is possessed by a french army, so that Sardignia is at the feet of the Directory. The...
As the company to which Lieutenant Fergus belongs is ordered to this quarter, you will vary the orders directions, with respect to his transportation so as to cause him to be brought to New York instead of Alexandria. ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
A recent and severe family affliction has prevented my attending to the business on which we lately corresponded and must be my excuse for not replying to your letter sooner—indeed I hoped that Mr. Hammond would have been able to make the arrangement, as he appeared anxious that the object should be effected in a ⟨w⟩ay satisfactory to you; & to which I should have been ready to accede. If the...
The Secretary of the Treasury having, in consequence of the Act for the Establishment and support of Light houses, directed his Enquiries to that object begs leave most respectfully to submit the result to The President of the United States of America New Hampshire. In this State is only one Light house situated on a point of land on the Island of New-Castle, three miles from Portsmouth,...
The letter, herewith sent, from the Asst. adjt. General states facts—The employment additional Clerkship was matter of absolute necessity, and compensation is conceived to be due. Under these circumstances of the military at the time, the aid of Officers could not be more extensively called in, and if it could have been done an extra compensation would with propriety have been expected as...
I mentioned one or two things yesterday, which were urgent. One was the papers for the enquiry. You will see by the enclosed, that they are to go to the house of representatives. Will you be so good as to have a letter prepared this morning. I stay at home to-day, to look over petitions. Let the warrants, &c., be sent me. Yours, affectionately. George S. White, Memoir of Samuel Slater, the...
I wrote you my beloved Betsey by the last post, which I hope will not meet with the fate that many others of my letters must have met with. I count upon setting out to see you in four days; but I have been so frequently disappointed by unforeseen events, that I shall not be without apprehensions of being detained, ’till I have begun my journey. The members of Congress are very pressing with me...
Selah Strong Esquire Informs me by Letter that He has recomended me to you as a suitable Character for an Officer in the Fedral Army about to be raised for the defence of the United States & requested your Influence on my behalf. A most Grateful Acknowledgement would take place on my part should you see proper to assist in such an appointment. I am with the Utmost Respect your Excellencys...
Lt. Colo. Ogden proposing to visit New york to-morrow, I have wished him to state to you fully, the situation of the interior of this Brigade. I see no possibility of preserving the necessary order, and regularity, indispensible in military service, unless I have the power deligated, competent to punish offenders, against the orders, I am as Commanding officer, authorised to Issue. The...
It has been communicated to me that the Commonwealth of Virginia, by an act not long since passed, authorized the reissuing of Certain Certificates which had been redeemed by the operations of the Sinking Fund of that Commonwealth and that there is every probability that the certificates so reissued, or a considerable part of them, have been subscribed to the loan payable in the Debt of the...
Mr. Hamilton renewed his opposition to it. He pressed the distinction between State Govts. & the people. The former wd. be the rivals of the Genl. Govt. The State legislatures ought not therefore to be the paymasters of the latter. Hunt and Scott, Debates Gaillard Hunt and James Brown Scott, eds., The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Which Framed the Constitution of the United States...
Philadelphia, July 26, 1783. Receipt for papers relating to lands in the Otsego Patent which had formerly belonged to George Croghan and which were mortgaged to William Franklin. ADS , anonymous donor. James was a Philadelphia merchant and land speculator. This document concerns a complicated and protracted dispute over several large tracts of land located in the vicinity of Lake Otsego and...
I left the City of Philadelphia this Morning on my way to Newark as I mention’d to you previous to your departure. Nothing new had occurred. Mr. Belli was furnished with the requisite sum for the purchase of Dragoon Horses in Kentucke, in conformity to an arrangement, which I understand [from] the Secretary at War, was made pursuant to your direction. The Quarter Master General also has had an...
[ Pawlins Mill, Pennsylvania ] October 8, 1777 . Instructs Armstrong to send Brigadier General James Potter and six hundred men to intercept British communications between Philadelphia and Chester. Expects to be informed of Potter’s actions. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Armstrong was a major general, Pennsylvania Militia.
A voluminous publication is daily expected from Mr. R——. The paper alluded to in the extract of his letter to me, of the 8th. instt. and inserted in all the Gazettes, is a letter of my own, to him; from which he intends (as far as I can collect from a combination of circumstances) to prove an inconsistency in my conduct, in ratifying the Treaty with G. Britain, without making a rescinding (by...
Treasury Department, August 15, 1791. Recommends that the President accept the bid of Conrad Hook and John Naverson for rebuilding the “Lantern Story and all the wooden work of the Light house” in South Carolina. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. See Tobias Lear to H, August 15, 1791 .
I have the honor to enclose you a Copy of a letter from the Accountant of the War department dated 18th. instant (with the several papers therein referred to) stating that it appears from the accounts of the Contractor for the State of New York that Captain Andrew White of the 12. United States regiment had granted to the Contractors Agent at Stillwater a Certificate for 3. or 400. rations...
[ Philadelphia, April 25, 1794. On June 4, 1794, in a letter to George Washington, Hamilton referred to a letter from Tench Coxe “dated the 25 of April.” Letter not found. ]
The Snow St. Martin from St. Ubes bound to Charleston put into this port the 10th. March in distress, upon an examination she was found insufficient to be repaired. A Sale of the vessel and Cargo has since taken place. The Collector considers the Vessel and Cargo exempt from paying the Tonage & fees, in conformity with the Act providing for vessels in distress. I think the provision made by...
You have upon sundry occasions done me the favor to request my opinions upon the public Sentiment in Virginia. Conceiving that there can never have been an occurrence giving you greater anxiety than the present Insurgency in the Western parts of Pensylvania, or upon which a knowledge of the public opinions and dispositions here could be more interesting, I anticipate your request, and proceed...
Portland [ District of Maine ] October 19, 1799 . “Herewith I send you a return from the Quarter Master & Paymaster, of the several articles received in their Department, for the use of the 15th. Regiment with the several Articles wanting to compleat the number For the use of the Regt., together with my observations of their qualities &c.—generally they are good, & of a much better quality...
Raritan [ New Jersey ] July 14, 1785 . Hopes that his father will be given a new trial. Asks for Hamilton’s assistance. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Hardenbergh was the son of Johannes Hardenbergh of Ulster County, New York. See “Cash Book,” March 1, 1782–1791, note 29 .
I done myself the pleasure to call at your Lodging’s this morning, at the particular Instance of my brother Wm Simmons, who is Extreemly Indisposed so as not to be able to wait upon you himself—for the purpose of speaking to you on the Subject of the Inclosed which is the copy of a Letter from Capt. Vance. The accountant conceived this a second Insult from that Officer, and at a loss how to...
I have received your letter of the twenty fourth of March. You will find its general object anticipated by mine of the 17th. of the same month, a copy of which is enclosed. I do not think it advisable materially to vary the plan indicated in that letter, as it is desirable that the troops for reinforcing General Wilkinson Should avail themselves of the Situation of the rivers in the Spring,...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President & sends for his information & direction two letters, one from the Collector of Oxford, the other from mr Murray member from Maryland. The Secretary, if not directed otherwise, will by the post of tomorrow, desire the Collector to detain the prize until further order; lest not receiving early instruction he may surrender her...
[ New York, August 6, 1802. On August 13, 1802, Gallatin wrote to Hamilton : “I had the honor to receive your letter of the 6th instt.” Letter not found. ]
On the receipt of your favor of the 5. covering the Opinion of the Attorney General on the Claims of the Contractors of the moving Army & the Post of West Point—The Parties concerned determined on an application to Congress praying them to empower the Proper Officers of the Treasury to determine on the Award presented to Congress by the referees. Mr. Joshua Sands now waits on you with our...
[ Philadelphia, June 28, 1792. On the envelope of a letter from Fitzgerald to Hamilton, dated November 21, 1791 , Hamilton wrote: “Ansd June 28.” Letter not found. ] Fitzgerald, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, had served as an aide-de camp to George Washington during the American Revolution.
When I had last the pleasure of seeing you in Philada.; I told you, that our mutual friend Col Smith, had gone to Europe on his & my business, in order to try the experiment of borrowing money on the principles or plan of Cassineux & others—our Six ⅌ Cents being then at 14/ & the other parts bearing a ratio thereto—but the sudden rise so instantaneously succeeded his departure, as to leave no...
There have lately been two importations of Horses from England into this port—two in each. It was customary, under the laws of this state, which were silent on the subject, to consider live Stock as neither goods, wares nor merchandize; and they were consequently admitted duty free. The Laws of Congress are silent also, and the custom is continued. But I am not confident enough to rely upon...
I have the honor of enclosing an Abstract of the Monthly Recruiting Returns of the 12 Additional Regiments, as furnishing the most accurate account of the number of men enlisted, though from there having been but few Returns transmitted since March, it cannot be supposed to be a very exact statement. From other Documents in the Office, & from information presumed correct, though not official,...
[ Philadelphia, June 16, 1794. On July 29, 1794, Tench Coxe wrote to Henry Knox: “I have this moment received your letter to the secy of the Treasy of the 28th inst: … It refers to one of yours to him of the 16th ult upon the subject of other rendezvous.” Letter of June 16 not found. ] LC , RG 75, Letters of Tench Coxe, Commissioner of the Revenue, Relating to the Procurement of Military,...
It is part of a general arrangement, which will here after be more particularly disclosed to you, that the garrison of Michillimackinac consist of — a Sergeant and twelve artillerists together with a Lieut. two Sergeants, and twenty four rank and file of Infantry. I have therefore to request that you will take immediate measures to withdraw, if it be practicable during the present season, all...
Boston, August 5, 1790. “I have been honoured with the receipt of your favor of the 30th. Ulto. by this evenings post. Immediately on knowing that the Act of this State making a Cession of the lighthouses &c had not been forwarded, I applied to the secretary for a copy of it which I obtained and have the pleasure to inclose.…” ALS , RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, Vol. “B,” New Hampshire...
[ Bergen County, New Jersey ] July 27, 1780 . Repeats rumors concerning British plans to attack French fleet and army. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I am Honoured with your two Letters dated New york the 15. & 17. Instant Covering the Arangement of the 2 Regemt. of Artillerist & Ingeneurs designating the Command of Each Batallion & am pleased My station is at New York as from its healthy situation & polite inhabitants May promise Myself allmost every thing that Can Make a Soldiers Life agreable, whilst in garrison— I shall in Obediance to...
Genl Hamilton read the Note of Mr Burr and the printed letter of Mr Cooper to which it refers, and remarked that they required some consideration, and that in the course of the day he would send a answer to my office. At ½ past 1 O clock Genl Hamilton called at my house and said that a variety of engagements would demand his attention during the whole of that day and the next—but that on...
I fear that your opinion of Nov. 3d has been founded on a partial view of the case. You will remember that it has all along been a recd. opinion that the French had a right by Treaty to enjoy an indefinite asylum in our Ports: but that they could not claim the privilidge of selling Prizes in our Ports . The privilidge of an indefinite asylum in was also granted to British Ships of War &...
I take the liberty of enclosing you the proceedings of a Garrison Court Martial held at Fort Independance by my order that Capt. Gates was President; and as I entertain doubts relative to The approval of the two sentences, I beg leave to solicit your opinion on both cases. James Burrows was charged with sleeping on his post; which by the 13 Sectn. and 6 artl. of the rules of War, constitutes a...
Your letters of the 23rd. and 31st. of August and 3d of September remain unacknowledged. Mine to you of the 1st. of August 2nd. September and 3rd. of October will much abrige what is necessary to be said at this time. The prices of the public debt here rendering it questionable whether it be any longer the interest of the United States to prosecute the idea of purchases with monies borrowed at...
[ Philadelphia ] July 23, 1794 . Encloses “the Bond given according to law by John Murray & Joseph Lindley for the faithful discharge of the Consular Office held by Monsr. de la Motte of Havre.” LC , RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 7, June 27–November 30, 1794, National Archives. This is a reference to Section 6 of “An Act concerning Consuls and Vice-Consuls” ( 1 Stat....
I had the honour of receiving your Orders of the 20th. Ulto. Per Post directed to Greensburgh from which I presume you were unacquainted with my being Stationed and doing Duty at this post under the command of Capt Turner I am well aware tis the Duty of every Officer to Implicitly obey the commands of his superiors. but certain Situ ation s may be allowed to claim or at least solicit...
Passaic Falls [ New Jersey ] November 20, 1780 . Discusses problems involved in exchanging prisoners with Great Britain. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Albany, October 15, 1782. On October 15, 1782 , Hamilton wrote to Duer: “In answer to your letter of this date.” Letter not found. ]
New York, June 25 [ –July 1 ] 1799 . Summarizes the contents of “letters … from Major Rivardi, at Niagara,” which “contain very unpleasant representations of the state of things at that post.” Describes steps taken to meet some of Rivardi’s complaints. States: “It appears by the statement of which a copy is enclosed that debts have been contracted for purposes of the garrison to the amount of...