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To Alexander Hamilton from John J. U. Rivardi, 15 May 1800

From John J. U. Rivardi

Niagara [New York] May 15, 1800. “Since I had the honor of writing To you last1 concerning the affair which you ordered me To examine, I was informed … That General Hunter2 & perhaps the Duke of Kent3 would in the Course of a few Weeks arrive at Fort George on business respecting their Government. It is probable in that case that they will pay a visit To This Garrison & I feel not a little embarrassed at the honors which I am To pay To Them. General Hunter is Military Governor of the province & as Such he would be intitled in Europe To a full Salute of Artillery, To The Flag & To the honors of The Troops on duty. The Duke of Kent in addition would be received by the whole Garrison with presented arms Officers Saluting & drums beating. I am aware of The impropriety of doing too much or Too little in occasions of that Kind & respectfully request to be honored with your orders on that head, as Soon as possible.…”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2Peter Hunter had been appointed commander in chief of the British forces in Canada and lieutenant governor of Upper Canada in 1799.

3Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, was the fourth son of George III.

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