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I am desired by the French Ambassador to inclose to your Excellency a Petition of Mary Collet, a Person unknown to me, but the wife of an officer, whom the french ambassador has reasons to wish to serve, The case is equally unknown to me, with the Persons, I can therefore only recommend both to your Excellencies attention Knowing very well that Justice & Humanity will have their due weight...
Reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Abilities, Integrity, Prudence, and Patriotism, I have nominated and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate do appoint you the said Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Marshall and Elbridge Gerry, jointly and severally Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic, authorizing you...
Know Ye, That for the purpose of terminating all differences between the United States of America and the French Republic, and of restoring and confirming perfect harmony and good understanding and re–establishing a commercial and friendly intercourse between them; and reposing a special Trust and Confidence in the Integrity, Prudence and Abilities of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Marshall...
The Secretary at War has informed you that the General Superintendence of the Recruiting service is confided to me, as an incident to the Inspectorship. As a preliminary to this, it is requisite to distribute the States respectively into Districts and subdistricts the latter to correspond with the number of Companies to be raised in each State assigning one company to each subdistrict & the...
A garden, you know, is a very usual refuge of a disappointed politician. Accordingly, I have purchased a few acres about 9 Miles from Town, have built a house and am cultivating a Garden. The melons in your country are very fine. Will you have the goodness to send me some seed both of the Water & Muss Melons? My daughter adds another request, which is for three or four of your peroquets. She...
I have received your letter of the 28th. ultimo. I approve of your reasons, & the plan you propose, for the disposition of the fifth sixth and seventh Regiments. Captain Ingersoll & Captain McClellan will proceed to join you as soon as Capt. Huger, who is hourly expected, shall arrive with his company from the Southward. Major Tousard I believe will be employed, in the Eastern Quarter, by the...
Agreeable to a conversation which we had while you were in this city I have directed Lieutenant Walbach to repair to your Head Quarters for the purpose of assisting in preparing a system for the Tactics and police of the Cavalry. It being of importance that this object should be accomplished in the course of the ensuing winter I shall count on your obliging disposition towards me no less than...
Not knowing certainly what may be the communication to you from the Department of War, I think it proper that you should be apprised of what is doing here towards the disbanding of the army. For this purpose, besides the general orders which will be sent you, I shall keep you advised by letter of my views. I now send you the copy of a letter which I wrote yesterday to the Secy of War, and of...
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,...
I duly received your letter of the 6th of September; and have sent an extract of it to Mr Church for the explanation which is necessary. I feel myself truly obliged by your friendly allusion to my unpleasant situation, and for the consolation you are so kind as to offer me. The esteem of the discerning and virtuous must always support a mind properly formed under the pressure of malevolence...
You will probably have learned before this reaches you that the act of last Session for the better organization of the Judiciary Department has been repealed, and I take it for granted, that you will with me view this measure as a vital blow to the Constitution. In my opinion, it demands a systematic and persevering effort by all Constitutional means to produce a revocation of the precedent,...
Pursuant to a conversation which I had with you while in this city I have concluded to offer to Lt. Izzard the place of Aid de camp in my family. I have mentioned to Mr. Izzard that you will dispense with the form of an application to you as Commanding General of the district. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. H to George Izard, November 18, 1799 .
The S of War mentions to me that the recruiting service still continues in some of the corps under your command. I presume from this that my intention has been misapprehended. The General order of the eleventh of March was sent to you under the idea that you would communicate it to the respective posts in your district. I would thank you to have this done as soon as possible. Df , in the...
I expressed to you my wish in conversation that you would be so good as to fix upon and name to me characters for Officers of the Inspector Department within your Command. Inclosed are letters lately received respecting Major Beale for your informa tion Major Campbell you will remember is also a respectable Candidate for Division Inspector. Capt. E. Tay lor is appointed a Brigade Inspector— (...
Inclosed is a plan of the Formation of a Regiment for Exercise or Battle, of which I request your mature consideration, and that you will favour me as early as may be with the result of your reflections. The more careful and particular your criticism, the more will it oblige me. ADf , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. In the margin of this letter H wrote: “Two copies as in the original...
I have directed the Pay Master General to send to his Deputy in your district bounty money subject to your order for four complete companies of Infantry. You will be pleased, if there are any officers of the four old regiments within your reach, to send for them that they may be employed in recruiting the men. If none such are near you, you will imploy the officers of the new regiments for the...
I have received your letter of the third instant with its enclosure. The arrangement of which you have sent me a copy perfectly agrees with my instructions. Previously to the receipt of your letter of the third instant, I had written one to you on the eighth, a duplicate of which is enclosed. The supplementary instructions contained in this will be observed except in one particular. As the...
New York, November 8, 1799. “I enclose to you a letter from Col. Lear on the subject of winter Quarters that you may take such measures as shall appear to you to be necessary in the case. I do not see that any thing better can be done than to send the tenth regiment to Carlisle where the barracks can easily be prepared for their reception. According to the orders that have been given to Col....
Your letter of the 12th. inst. found me at Trenton, from which place I have recently arrived. The seventh Regt. together with the 5th. & 6th. was destined for Augusta. But I am not apprised how far the arrangements for this object, have been matured, and I believe that it may be most adviseable to quarter those Regiments for the present winter within their respective States. I thought it in...
The Secy. of War has Sent to me for Distribution a number of copies of ye. Contract with James OHara, of which I herewith enclose to you Seven for the use of your the Posts within your District— With great consideration & Esteem I am Sir yr. st— ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I send you enclosed for your information a Copy of a letter which I have written to the Deputy Qr. Master General within my district— Sketching the outlines of the duty of that Officer. With Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. H to Aaron Ogden, April 15, 1800 ; H to James McHenry, April 19, 1800 .
Altho’ I have not been officially advised of it, yet I have received information sufficient to satisfy me that an act of Congress has passed for disbanding the twelve additional regiments on or before the fifteenth of June next, granting an allowance to the officers and soldiers of three months pay from the time of their discharge. I mention this to you that it may be understood unofficially...
I have received your two letters of the tenth and eleventh instant. You will have been informed by the General order, before this, of the appointment of Major Beall as Deputy Inspector General. I consider it as entirely within your competency to order the seventh regiment as well as the tenth or any other annexed to your command to repair to your Head Quarters wherever they may be. I do not...
New York, August 13, 1799. “Your several favours of the 10th. of June 12. and 29 of July have been received.… The course is for money and other supplies for the recruiting service to go immediately from the department of War upon application from me. As yet no regular military chest has been established nor have the proper organs of the Staff been appointed.… A more perfect organisation is...
I duly received My Dear Sir Your letter of the 17th of January. Accept my thanks for the remarks it contains on the plan for a Military School. We were extremely alarmed yesterday by the intelligence coming from Philadelphia of an accident to you at a Review. But an arrival here has greatly relieved us. We earnestly desire a contradiction. Affectly & truly yrs. ALS , Pinckney Family Papers,...
An order was issued, some time since, as you will recollect, directing enlistments to be “for and during the existing differences with France,” or for the term of five years at the pleasure of the government. It appearing probable that the number of men enlisted under these conditions is very inconsiderable, and an expectation having been entertained among them that they would not be separated...
I have received your letter transmitting me a draft on H & S Johnson & Co. for 857 Dollars & 14 Cents on account of Kinloch’s debt to Mr. Church. Lest I should not see you here give me leave to request information in whose care the affairs of Mr. Church have been left by you—& whether any thing more has been done with Mrs Cattle’s alias Bowman’s note. The above bill has been accepted. I...
The following is an Extract of a — letter recd. from Col: Parker dated Winchester Oct. 16th. 1799— “Four Soldiers deserted a few nights ago; But were all fortunately taken two of them, who were most guilty, I have put in irons, as I think it absolutely necessary to make an example of them. As I do not know where to direct to General Pinckney, I beg Sir that you will order a general Court...
The death of our beloved commander in Chief was known to you before it was to me. I can be at no loss to anticipate what have been your feelings. I need not tell you what are mine. Perhaps no friend of his has more cause to lament, on personal account, than my self. The public misfortune is one which all the friends of our Government will view in the same light. I will not dwell on the...
It is a cause of no small regret that there appears in a considerable part of the citizens of South Carolina a strong disinclination to the law laying a duty on distilled spirits; and that in consequence of it, difficulties occur in obtaining proper characters to carry it into execution. This was the more unexpected as the duty in question has been rendered necessary by a measure peculiarly...
I send you duplicate of my official letter of the 13 of August. If necessary for me to send duplicate recruiting instructions I will do it upon your intimation— Capt. Massey has some time since been ordered to Norfolk Yr. truly & Affectly. ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have just recd. the enclosed letter to which I have returned the following answer— “ The whole Your letter of the 20th. of Decr. I have recd. The whole of the transactions therein mentioned having happened within the Sphere of Genl. Pinckney’s command, it is his province to attend to your request—All I can therefore do therefore in this case is to write to Genl. P. & inclose yr. letter to...
The enclosed letter from Major Ford was sent, thro’ misapprehension to you — me instead of you yourself. You will doubtless As to the return, you will doubtless inform Major Ford that his returns should be sen addressed to the Deputy Adjutant General in your district who will make out an abstract and send it include them in the abstracts which he sends to the Adjutant General. The charges...
Enclosed are a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury and one from the Secretary of War. It would appear from the extract of a letter from Captain Taylor which is likewise enclosed that my letter to Col. Read on the subject must have miscarried. You will oblige me by — giving promptly the necessary directions in the case— With great ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton...
I send you a letter from — Mr. James Mitchell with my reply to it. As the letter appears to complain of the conduct of an Officer of the U States I have thought proper to pay it some degree of attention. W— ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have consulted the Secretary of War on the subject of the relative rank of the Field officers. I find that the rules are applied within a regiment as well as between different regiments contrary to what was originally contemplated. In this, I understand our late Commander in Chief has coincided. This operation in particular cases is to be regretted. But perhaps it will work kindly upon the...
New York, November 4, 1799. “I send you by way of information an order of the 1st. inst. issued by me respecting the General Disposition of the Army, in conformity with the instructions heretofore received from the Secy. of War. It seemed necessary to have all the regiments thrown into Brigades. The situation of the third and 4th. within different commands created some embarrassment. You will...
I was in due time favoured with your letter of 25 of April. I am glad that our ideas coincide as to the formation of a Regiment for Exercise & battle. It is a part of the plan (though the extract sent you did not go so far as to shew it) that the companies for those purposes shall always be equalized. This is no doubt essential. The inconvenience of occasionally separating the men from their...
I am perfectly content with the delay of communication to the Revd. Mr. Hill, till the effect of your Experiment with the Secretary of War shall be known. I have heard nothing as to the impression made by our mission to France upon the combined powers—but I cannot doubt that it is a disagreeable one. And certainly the course of Events lately has not said much for the good policy of the...
Major Bradley of the fourth regiment who has been a long time in the western Country and is now at Staunton superintending a recruiting party requests leave of absence a furlough for the purpose of visiting his family from which he has been absent several years. This officer is within your district, and of course I refer his petition to you. If leave of absence a furlough should be given...
I have been for a considerable time unavoidably absent from this city. Recently returned, I find several letters from you to which I shall particularly attend as soon as objects more urgent which have accumulated in my absence will permit. My cooperation with you towards the Secretary of War in certain particulars will not be delayed. With true esteem &c Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown,...
I have duly received your letter of the 25th of May, by duplicates, with the first and second of a set of bills of Exchange for £ 200 sterling, received by you on account of Mr. Church’s bond. Your former remittance of £ 300 Carolina money was also received and I thought had been acknowledged; but I find by your letter that this was not done. It is not easy for me to give you an idea of the...
New York, November 21, 1799. Encloses “regulations which it is proposed to establish relative to the uniform of the troops.” Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Enclosure not found, but see H to James McHenry, December 19, 1799 .
I send you the enclosed paper and request that you will which more properly would have been addressed to you. You will, no doubt, inform the Commandant of the fifth regiment where the parties are to be found, in order so that his instructions may reach them— With great respect & Esteem I am Sir Yr. obedt. servt. ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown and H, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I now recur to your letters of the 12 of December 9th, 21 & 23 of January & 10 of February. Instructions for the Officers of Inspection will form part of the general system in preparation. In the mean time they will perform the duties which they executed in our war with Great Britain; that is they will in aid of the respective general Officers see that all the Regulations concerning the...
I send you the Inclosed is the copy of a Letter from Lieutt. Gover which I send you that you may take the necessary steps for apprehending the Deserter of whom he speaks which he mentions when similar cases have occurred under my command I have not allowed stipulations to be made by deserters previous to their delivering themselves up, but have had them tried the by Courts-Martial who...
New York, March 5, 1800. States that Thomas Parker has recommended the Reverend William Hill for chaplain. Quotes from James McHenry’s letter of March 3, 1800. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Thomas Parker to H, October 29, December 19, 1799 (both listed in the appendix to this volume). For Hill, see H to James McHenry, January 2, 1800, note 3 ....
I enclose to you some papers relative to the exchange of a soldier. As it is It not being unusual to make exchanges where they tend to the benefit of the service, I doubt not you will give the nece and the proposal in the present case being extremely favorable it is my wish, unless some particular objections occur to you, that you would give the necessary such directions in the present case as...
New York, October 6, 1799. “… In consequence of your voyage to New Port The Secretary of War lately instructed me to take measures for providing winter Quarters in the vicinity of Harpurs Ferry on the Potowmack for the Eighh Ninth & Tenth Regiments. I have instructed Col Parker of the Eighth, under the direction of the Commander in Chief who has consented to take charge of the matter, to...
The proper measure of the pace is a matter of primary importance in the Tactics of the Infantry. The establishments of different Nations differ in this particular. For example—Our pace is two feet English measure. That of the French is two feet French or about 26 Inches English. That of the English is 30 of their Inches, measuring in each case from heel to heel. This is rather capricious. The...