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From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 9 July 1799

To James McHenry

New York, July 9, 1799. “I have the honor to acknowlege the Receipt of your letter of yesterday1 with the list of some new appointments, in the 7th, 8 & 9 Regts which will be communicated to the respective commandants.…2 On this subject of Cadets it may be proper to fix some rule. I doubt the present expediency of appointing more than two to each Regiment of Infantry. But it is believed to be expedient to appoint the full number allowed in the corps of Artillerists.…3 A letter from Capt S Morris of the 7 instant4 has the following paragraph ‘I must take the liberty of repeating to you the necessity of a supply of Cloathing to this Garrison. Some of the men of the infantry are actually almost naked.’ This passage speaks itself the urgency of the demand. I think Col Stevens5 informed last Evening that he had written ⟨for⟩ a supply of cloathing for the garrisons in this vicinity ⟨and⟩ received for answer that there were none in store. These deficiencies in a time of peace with such a hand⟨ful⟩ of troops to be supplied are greatly to be lamented.”

ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1McHenry wrote two letters to H on July 8, 1799. Only one of these letters has been found, and it is not the one mentioned in the letter printed above.

2“List of Persons to fill vacancies in the regiments hereinafter mentioned” (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). This list is endorsed by H: “List of Additional Appointments in the 7. 8 & 9 Reg.”

3Section 1 of “An Act for the better organizing of the Troops of the United States; and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 749–50 [March 3, 1799]) provided for thirty-two cadets in each regiment of the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers.

4Letter from Staats Morris not found.

5Ebenezer Stevens.

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