Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, [28 April 1777]

To Major General Benjamin Lincoln1

[Morristown, New Jersey, April 28, 1777]

It appears by your letter to his Excellency that the detachment of Marylanders under Col Spotswood,2 have marched to your post, with the other troops. His intention and directions were, that they should remain at Princeton, as he wishes to keep the Corps united, but since the matter has fallen out differently, he desires that detachment may immediately return to Princeton.3

1ALS, sold at Anderson Galleries, November 28–29, 1927, Lot 421. The draft, also in H’s writing, is in the George Washington Papers in the Library of Congress. The draft is written in the first person as though prepared for Washington’s signature.

2Colonel Alexander Spotswood, Second Virginia Regiment. He resigned on October 9, 1777.

3Text taken from extract of letter in catalogue of Anderson Galleries. Original not found.

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