Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Stoddert, 29 August 1798

To Benjamin Stoddert

New York Aug 29. 1798

Dear Sir

Your obliging letter of the 24 instant duly came to hand. The very polite ground on which you give me to expect your cooperation in procuring an appointment for Capt Hamilton has a very strong claim to my acknowlegement.

In consequence of the information in your letter, I have seen Capt Talbot. He seems to expect an official notification from your department to ascertain and fix his own situation; considering the events subsequent to his original appointment as a kind of supersidias.1 The want of this makes him diffident about taking any part on the presumption of his command of the frigate here.2 This impediment removed, I am in hope he will incline to favour my wish for an appointment of Capt H to that frigate, if it can be done with perfect convenience & propriety; otherwise we shall be completely satisfied with the alternative which you suggest.

Accept my cordial thanks & the assurances of the sincere esteem & regard with which I have the honor to be Dear Sir

Yr Obd. servant

B Stoddert Esq

AL[S], RG 45, Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, Subject File: Personnel (NN), National Archives.

2See Stoddert to John Adams, July 21, September 1, 1798 (Naval Documents, Quasi-War, February, 1797–October, 1798 description begins Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War Between the United States and France: Naval Operations from February 1797 to October 1798 (Washington, 1935). description ends , 262–63, 367–68).

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