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I received via Portsmouth Your letters of the seventh Inst as also the one of the tenth enclosing a list of clothing forward on for the use of the sixteenth Regt. The recruiting business is very successful and the clothing has arrived very timely I have the honor to be with very great respect sir your obedient sert ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
In a circular letter of the 19th. of June last I was informed that as soon as recruits should reach the Regimental rendezvous they must be definitively m us tered, and that that duty was assigned to me with the aid of a surgeon. After the troops were ordered to Oxford without first having been convened at the regimental rendezvous—I was in doubt whether the duty of Mustering as aforesaid was...
A question has arisen respecting the relative Rank of the Platoon Officers of the different Regiments. Some have supposed, that, when Officers are of the same grade, their relative Rank in their respective Regiments being the same, and the dates of their Commissions the same, that the Number of the Regiment determins the Rank, reckoning the lowest Number highest in Rank. Others have supposed...
Pursuant to your directions, I have convened the Officers of the 16th. United States’ Regiment, at this place, who, by a majority of voices, have nominated Samuel Parker of Exeter, in Newhampshire, a 2d. Lieut. in said Regiment, for their Paymaster. I have, likewise, written, and informed Jacob Sheaff, Esq. of Portsmouth, Agent for the War Department, of the nomination, and Ordered Lieut....
Enclosed you will find a the copy of a letter from Major John Buel of the 2d. Regt. of Infantry to Capt. William Woodward of the sixteen and an extract of a letter from Capt. Israel E. Trask of the 16th. Regt. Rendezvous at Westminster Vermont to me. By these, information is given that Prince Ferdenand Hall a Drummer in Capt. Woodwards company has resigned himself up to Capt. Bissel as...
Having, in concert with Majors Timo. Darling and Cornelius Lynde, of the 16th. Regiment, which I have the honor to command, deliberated on the relative rank of the Officers, as proposed in the list, with which I have been furnished, I beg leave, in concurrence with their opinion, to submit to Major General Hamilton, the following alteration, viz. That No. 10. against the name of Capt. Josiah...
As several vacancies are probably about to be made, by the appointments of staff-officers, in my Regiment, permit me to recommend, respectfully, to your consideration, as Candidates for filling the same, Mr. Cyrus Perkins of Lyme, in this state, & Mr. Daniel Conner of Exeter— The former is a young gentleman of public education, of pleasing manners, of unblemished morals, of a strong mind,...
Oxford [ Massachusetts ] November 16, 1799 . “Your letter of the 4th Oct. ordering the removal of the recruits receivd for the 16th Regt to this place for winter quarters, I received the 28th of Oct, and Issued my orders for the march on the twenty ninth. Agreeably to your directions I called on the Contra[c]tors for the means of tra[n]sporting the baggage Military Stores &c. But from the...
I this day received via Oxford your letter of the 15th. & 17th of Jany. The Paymaster of the 16 Regt at the arrival of the Paymaster General’s drafft was necessarily absent—I had a few days previous sent him to Portsmouth to receive four hhds. of Uniform Clothing which had been shipped by the Agent of the war department to that post for the use of the 16 Regt. and to distribute the same to the...
The determination of the relative Rank of the Officers in the sixteenth Regiment has been posponed for want of proper data— At the time of receiving your letter of the seventh of September, in which you call for the settlement of relative Rank, I was very little acquainted with many of my Officers, some I had never seen, and wholly unacquainted with their pretentions My Majors were then one in...
Unless the Pay Master of the 16th. Regiment has been sup furnished with a second supply of Bounty Money I believe it will be wanted soon—I have distributed nearly all that was sent on in the first instance and am informed by some of the Captains that they shall soon be out—If I may be indulged I would inquire whether it is expected that the recruits now raising for the 16th. Regt. will be...
I here with transmit you an abstract of my account current with the United States for stationary extra traveling expences, and expences incurred in transporting Military stores and removing the troops from Exeter to Oxford with what vouchers I have— I have endeavoured to calculate my extra travelling expences so as to meet the fifteenth artile of the rules and regulations for the recruiting...
The recruiting service has commenced and is rapidly progressing in the sixteenth Circle. Contractors have been engaged to furnish the necessary supplies of provisions &c but, as I am informed have not been furnished with the means. I find it necessary in order to facilitate the recruiting business to permit recruiting parties under certain restrictions to travel into different parts of their...
Your letters and packages containing Orders and directions for recruiting, together with twenty three pamphlets of Rules and regulations respecting the recruiting service, with ten copies of Baron de Stuben came to hand this day and shall be attended to with all possible dispatch. My place of residence being at Hanover more than one hundred miles from this place is the reason of my not...
It is found that the shoes which have been supplied by Mr. Stephens are much too small for our northern troops. Not more than one half that have been sent on for the sixteenth Regiment can ever be worn by them—Our men are large and having been accustomed to hard labour their feet are proportionably so— The socks that have been furnished are very thick being made of coating or thick baize, and...
Your letter of the 2d. of Novr. requesting me a second time to recommend two persons to act as Cadets I received at this place. Immediately on the receipt of your first letter on this subject I signified to a number of my Officers and also to the most respectable Citizens that persons were wanted to fill the Office of Cadet—But no applications have as yet been made by persons for whom I could...
Discharged Decr. 2d. 1799 for the disability of ulcerd legs and being a foreigner Maurice O. Quill aged thirty four years five feet 7 1/2 inches high born in Ireland town of Dubling blue eyes brown hair, light complexion enlisted Augt. 10th. 99 at Providence by Capt. George Tillinghast his disability easy to be discoverd, no certificate of naturalization appeard was produced— Discharged also...
It is now become very necessary that a surgeon be appointed for the 16th. Regt. We have as I suppose as many men at Oxford as either of the regiments in the Brgade and the probability is that we shall soon have more than either. Although it is a very healthy season, yet, not a day transpires but we need surgical or medical assistance; besides according to the regulations of the paymaster...
I received, by this days Mail your letter of the 19th Septr. You mention Sir that I have nominated different persons from time to time as Cadets severally. I do not recollect, however, that I have nominated any person to that Office—I conclude Sir as your letter is Circular that it must be some other person who has made such nominations—If this is not the case I desire to be informed of it...
In compliance with your request, I beg leave to propose Exeter to your consideration , as a substitute for Dover , for our regimental rendezvous, and submit to your consideration the following statement and reasons, viz. Exeter and Dover are nearly equal as to population, both situated at the head of navigation, on two seperate branches of Piscataqua River. The expence of transportation to &...
Having observed that the Secretary of War has, of late, practiced sending the form of the oath prescribed by law, to each Officer, with his letter of appointment, which oaths have been generally taken, subscribed and returned with the Letters of acceptance, which was not the case with the Officers of this Regiment, who were first appointed, a question arose in my mind, whether it were proper...
I received by this day’s mail your letters of the twenty seventh and twenty eighth of Augt. with the enclosed papers addressed to me at Exeter. I have not been able to complete my first Return, on account of not having received the weekly returns from Rhode Island, and one of the companies in New Hampshire. I have called on the delinquents, and shall forward my first return by next mail. The...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the second and sixth of Jany. Your requirement of reasons for the proposed alterations in the relative rank of our Regiment are undoubtedly very just; but just as it may be I expect to find it hard to give reasons in every instance that may satisfy a person who is not availed of the circumstances which determind our minds where...