Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Rufus King, 30 October 1794

To Rufus King

Jones Mill [Pennsylvania] October 30. 1794

Dr. Sr

Our light corps, the Jersey infantry & a brigade of cavalry are about 8½ Miles in front, beyond all the Mountains. This division which has been delayed by a somewhat worse route & the incumbrance of the public stores will be at the same place this Evening. The left wing is at a corresponding point. All is essentially well—No appearance of opposition. It is of great consequence that a law should if possible be expedited through Congress for raising 500 infantry & 100 horse to be stationed in the disaffected country.1 Without this the expence incurred will be essentially fruitless.

A law regulating a process of outlawry is also urgent;2 for the best objects of punishment will fly & they ought to be compelled by outlawry to abandon their property houses & the UStates. This business must not be skinned over. The political putrefaction of Pensylvania is greater than I had any idea of. Without vigour every where our tranquillity is likely to be of very short duration & the next storm will be infinitely worse than the present one.3

Yrs. with true esteem & regard

A Hamilton

R King Esqr

ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

1On November 29, 1794, George Washington approved “An Act to authorize the President to call out and station a corps of Militia, in the four western Counties of Pennsylvania, for a limited time” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 403).

2On December 10, 1794, “A motion was made [in the Senate] that a committee be appointed to consider the expediency of passing an act of outlawry …” (Annals of Congress description begins The Debates and Proceedings of the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature (Washington, 1834–1849). description ends , IV, 799).

3H addressed this letter as follows: “Rufus King Esquire. In his absence to be opened by Oliver Elsworth Esq or George Cabot.” Ellsworth was a United States Senator from Connecticut and Cabot was a United States Senator from Massachusetts.

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