Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Theodorick Bland, 26 January 1781

To Theodorick Bland1

[Ringwood, New Jersey, January 26, 1781. “I accompanied the General to this place on the business of the Jersey revolt.2 Tomorrow morning it will be brought to a decision.”3 Letter not found.]

ALS, sold by C. F. Libbie and Company, November 15, 1889, Lot 343.

1Bland, who had been a colonel First Continental Dragoons, resigned from the service on December 10, 1779. On June 21, 1780, he was elected a delegate to Congress from Virginia. In January, 1781, he was a member of a committee of Congress that conferred with the leaders of the mutiny of the Pennsylvania line.

2On January 20, 1781, troops of the New Jersey line, following the example of those of the Pennsylvania line, mutinied at Pompton, New Jersey. Washington sent Major General Robert Howe with 600 troops to suppress the mutiny. On January 27, after taking the mutineers by surprise, Howe quelled the mutiny and had two mutineers executed.

3Text taken from extract of letter in catalogue of C. F. Libbie and Company.

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