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I have received the Letter you wrote me on the 7th of this month, and I shall give all the attention to the Subject of it which may be necessary. It is not new to me— You are too precipitate in my opinion in pronouncing an opinion that the General has been guilty of high Crimes &C a: There have not been wanting Critics upon your conduct, as severe as you have been upon his It is reported not...
Before you receive this you will probably receive a letter from the Secy. at war informing you that the general officers have proposed either you or Mr. Hammond to be a Lt. Col. commandant. This event has embarassed me. I know not what to do. I know not whether the senate will not negative the nomination if I make it; nor whether you will accept the appointment if they should advise and...
A General Court Marshall is to sit at Philadelphia on the thirteenth of next Month. It may happen that four Officers of your Regiment may be wanted to complete the Court. You will please to notify this number to hold themselves in readiness for a further order. As a Captain is among the persons to be tried it is proper that as many Captains as may can be conveniently had, may compose the...
The enclosed copy of a General Order will apprise you of the appointment of a Court Martial to convene at this City on Wednesday next. It is intended that it shall be composed of officers of your Regiment and of that of Coll. Ogden. The number from each cannot now be fixed. But you will provisionally cause to be notified all your officers in or near this City that they are to hold themselves...
New York, March 15, 1799. “I have received your letter of the 13th instant and thank you for the suggestions contained therein.…” Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Library of Congress.
You will please to cause to be detailed for members of the Court Martial of which Major Wilcocks is appointed President, seven Officers of your Regiment of whom as many as practicable to be Captains You are apprised that the Court is to convene on Wednesday. With great consideration & esteem I am Sir Yr Obed St. ( Df , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Your favor of the 20 instant just reached me at this place. The information given you by Major Wilcocks is correct—To obviate possible difficulty on the part of Col Fish, I write to him by the post which carries this letter—to deliver over the money to your Regimental Paymaster The letter herewith answers your concluding enquiry with great consideration I am Sir Yr. obed servt. (Copy, in the...
It is proper for you to be informed officially that I have appointed Capt. Church of your Regiment my Aid de Camp. I am sensible that in strict propriety, this ought to have been done previous to his appointment—in order that you might have had an opportunity to state to me if any particular reasons, in respect to the interests of the Regiment stood in the way of the appointment. The Omission...
I have received your letter of the 16th & the bundle of papers inclosed with a great deal of pain. The thing has not a good appearance. Mr. Shieflin had better have addressed his letter & papers to me than to you who are not the Secretary of War. You are suspected & have been accused of improper speculations in the neighborhood of Detroit & in connection with characters whose friendship does...
The Secretary of War has directed me to inquire whether Capt. Justus B Smith Lts. Thomas Thompson & Jacob C Ten Eyck have mean to accept or decline their appointments. If known to you, you will please to inform me, if not known, you will then ascertain & communicate to me what may be the fact With great consideration I am Sir Yr. Obed St ( ADf , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
[ New York, June 5, 1799. On June 12, 1799, Smith wrote to Hamilton and acknowledged “the receipt of your Letter of the 5th. inst.” Letter not found. ]
Your letter of yesterday is received. I am glad to find that matters are in so good a train; and take particular interest in the favorable appearances respecting Lt. Cocks With great consideration & (Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
If — I am not mistaken, you have already received an additional supply of money so as to obviate the embarrassments stated in your letter of the 21 of June. I approve the idea of permitting the recruiting Officers, who are successful, to go as far as they can; not confining themselves to the complement of their own companies— I agree with you then there is a prospect The motives which led you...
I have received your letter respecting Lt. Hoffman . The incident gives me great concern. It is a delicate affair and must be treated with very great circumspection. Inclosed is a letter which has been written to me by his accuser Lt. Livingston . Several respectable Characters (among these Doctor Charleton) have spoken to me of the Character of the accused in high terms—They represent him as...
Your letter of the 10th. inst. has just been put into my hands. The course of conduct which you have adopted is such as the dignity and respectability of the service require. You are informed that a Court Martial will sit on the 14th. inst. at Fort Jay which will be competent to the trial of Lieutt. Hoffman. Of this Court you will be President; but should you think it expedient, from the...
I have just received your letter of yesterday, and have given orders to Capn. Read to furnish from the garrison the guard and the orderly sergeant which you request to attend the President of the Court Martial. I presume the different members of the Court have, before this time, arrived. With great consideration I am, Sir &c: &c: ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers,...
Very peculiar circumstances have delayed a reply to your letters of the 25 of May those of July 28 and of August the 5th. 6th. 10th. & 11th of August— I proposed postponed determining on the establishment arrangement of the relative rank of the officers of your Regiment, which was agreeably to the list arrangement transmitted by you in concert with Major as the result of the joint opinion of...
I send you some papers from which it would appear that Lieutt. Laidlie, who is now connected with your regiment, has dismissed a soldier from pecuniary considerations; at least that he has committed a great impropriety in discharging a man whom he had regularly enlisted. I request that you will make immediate enquiry into the case, and report the circumstances to me as soon as possible. With...
Mr. Richards informs me that it has been found impossible to collect any considerable quantity of wood from the neighborhood of the Bronks river, and that it will be necessary to procure it from the North or East river by water; That the wood delivered at West Chester landing will cost about the same price at as at New York, and that the expence of carting transportation from the landing to...
I have received Your several letters of the twenty seventh of August and of the seventh and ninth of September. have been delivered to me. I regr It is a subject of extreme regret with me that the — Muskets and Horsemen’s tents provided for your regiment are in such should be so very defective. I have paid and shall pay constant attention to the subject; and it will not be — my fault if such —...
Your letter of the twenty first instant with it’s enclosures has been delivered to me— I am much pleased — with the accou nt you give of the conduct of your men, and have great confidence in the habits of regularity and obedience that will be created in them by your exertions. I am informed assured, that two months pay will be immediately forwarded to the several regiments. It would appear...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the twenty sixth instant with their enclosures— With great consideration I am, Sir &c. &c. ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have received your letters of the twenty eighth instant with their enclosures— The winter quarters of the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth regiments will be on Green brook in the vicinity of the Scotch Plains. Preparatory measures are now taking for the purpose. I shall be particularly attentive to the wish which you express in the case of Mr. Fowler. With great considerat I am, Sir ( Df ,...
A Place on the Stream called Green-Brook in the State of New Jersey has been procured for the Winter Quarters of the 11th. 12th. & 13th. Regiments, which are to be there hutted. Col: Ogden will indicate the particular Spot. Ebenezer Stevens Esquire, Agent for the War Department, is instructed to procure boards for the roofs, doors, and Windows, of the huts of three Regiments, computing them at...
The Information which I received at Elizabeth Town has of the kind of extent and situation and form of the ground procured for the Winter Quarters and of the kind of Timber to be found upon it has induced me to vary my view of the dimensions of the hutts which may be found convenient for the Corporals and Privates and of their position in a single line. I am now of opinion that it will be...
Your different letters of the second, seventh, eighth, twelfth, fourteenth and twentieth of october have been duly received. I have attended to the representation in favour of Captain Kirkland, and you will hereafter consider him as ranking after Captain White. This will place him third on the list. It appears from your letter of the second instant that there was a ballance of three thousand...
Capt. Read has informed me that there are at Fort Jay 3 deserters belonging to your the 12th regiment, viz. Wm. Hebron, Jas. Dando, & Dl. Crook. He has been directed to convey them to Elisabeth town by Thursday next when you will take care to have a proper guard ready to receive & convey them to camp, to be tried in the General Court martial lately ordered— With great consideratn & ( Df , in...
I send you a letter from Colonel Taylor and an arrangement which he proposes. The grounds, as stated in his letter, of this arrangement do not strike my fancy. The spirit seems to be too much that which almost ruined our revolutionary army in the outset. Do me the favor to remark the individuals who are with you and send me as soon as possible a brief comment on each as officer and Gentleman...
New York, November 13, 1799. In reply to Smith’s letter of November 11, 1799, states: “There is no provision in the law for Chaplains , and I can not therefore comply with your wishes. I am nevertheless deeply impressed with the importance of divine service among the troops, and have heretofore made it a subject of communication with the S of War.…” Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How,...
The bearer of this is Mr. Meredith of Brooklyn who goes to camp for the purpose of giving evidence in the case of Lieutenant Laidlie. You will have him provided for accordingly. I sent you some papers relative to this affair which you did not return to me. They are — very important evidence Papers in the case, and you will be pleased to deliver them to the person who acts as Judge Advocate....