Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James McHenry, 20 July 1798

From James McHenry

Philad. 20 July 1798.

My dear Hamilton.

I retained the inclosed letter1 which was put into my hands with permission to take a copy of it. I hope every thing has been arranged to your satisfaction, or if not wholly, yet nearly so.

I shall transmit you very soon the rules & regulations for the formation & movements of his Britannic Majestys forces,2 and manual exercise for the same, in order that you may consider and report whether the whole or what parts of them are suitable to be introduced into our service. If a proper system is formed, and becomes a Presidential act it will save you an infinity of trouble and perplexity. I wish you therefore to pay the earliest attention to the subject.

Yours sincerely

James McHenry

Alexr. Hamilton.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ADf, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.

2This is a reference to David Dundas, Principles of military movements, chiefly applied to infantry. Illustrated by manoeuvres of the Prussian troops, and by an outline of the British campaigns in Germany, during the war of 1757 (London: T. Cadell, 1788).

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