Candidates for Army Appointments
[Philadelphia, November–December, 1798]
|Tracey5—broken speculation & besides Lty sufficient|
|Wadsworth7 well recommended to him|
|Talmage No. 48|
|An Ajutant of 4th. Connecticut Regt. in last war afterwards a Captain|
|11||David Tallman||Allen Smith said quite as much as he deserved|
|Writes not very well
26 years old
Letter very well
|Col Bradley10 can easily raise a Company bred a Merchant of good character worthy of a higher grad if known respect||respectable enough|
6 feet high
|Recommended by sundry Militia officers as well qualified||not strong
|his letter well enough|
|non Com Officer last war|
|now Capt of Militia|
Sergeant last War
Lt & Qr Master
|Col Bradley speaks handsomely of him||So So|
|22||[Saml. P Williams
|respectable connexions & talents Mr. Goodrich11|
|genteel manners, fair reputation good connections—Judge Elsworth12|
28 yrs of age
|Saml. Lyman13—good constitution active, federal—handsome accomplishments—well]|
43 years old
|Was in the revolutionary war Lieutt. in the Artillery—served with reputation—good Character—Certificate favourable from Genl: Knox|
|27||[Joseph Mix Junr.
33 years old
|good Character; fond of military affairs–|
|New Haven||respectably recommended]|
39 years old
|Talmage No. 6|
|Handsome appearance, military Turn adjutant of the Militia—served the whole of last War—private 2 years—sergeant 5 years—Well as Lieutenant]|
|30||[Solomon Allyn Junr.||—served part of the revolutionary War as private, part as Ensign—very well recommended by Judge Elsworth & other respectable Characters]|
|[adjutant in Militia—personable & active—has been addicted to scenes of dissipation hurtful in civil life—his own fortune lost by speculation. His father’s fortune good—connections respectable] little vigour of body & mind|
|Adjutant of Militia & active there|
Ensign No. 8
26 years old
|Lieutt in the governor’s guard. indubitable spirit—respectable military talents—well educated—had been led into excesses, but reformed—perhaps Lieutenant]|
|35||[Benhoni Clark||Capt: in the Militia—attached to government]|
30 yrs age
|served in the Militia, as Captn: of Light Infantry—His Company well disciplined—fair Character—decent property—respectable]|
|Healthy & well affected—prudent & sober recommended by many]|
|41||[Captn: Joseph Day]
|W Mosely14 very deserving.|
|[served as sergeant in the revolutionary war—commands governor’s guard]|
Capt in late war
|desires a majority|
|Judge Hobart15||well educated
& well connected
|43||Noah A Phelps
|Wadsworth—Major of Brigade farmer of good health good figure & good character fit for service above common run of Militia Officers|
|57||Samuel Blakelee||Wadsworth Tracy Talmage No. 7|
|58||Ambrose Hitchcock||Talmage No 5|
34 years old
|59||John Meigs||Wadsworth Tracy & Talmage No. 9|
|81||Russel Bissel||desires to be transferred to twelve|
|now Captain in 2 Reg||See his letter 81|
writes pretty well
36 years old
Major in Militia
|Naniel Smith abilities & patriotish qualified||probably good Captain|
|David Judson—as well qualified as any one he knows|
|Allen & Edmond—has had a liberal education—and military turn brave—has never served—no doubts of his talents or disposi||Qr
|Tracy S Talmage|
|first of their acquaintance|
|among those inexperienced|
|Wadsworth thinks him fit upon inquiry but no personal knowl|
|LT COL COM|
served as a private
said to be Officer
last war Qr
Major of Militia
45 years old
Now Member of
|Edmond—engages confidence & good will of his neighbours is reputed to have military talents.|
|Tracy broken speculator may do for Captain but must not be Col.|
|5||Samuel Huntington||Zep: Smith19—Gentleman of liberal education activity & merit|
|now a Col of Militia||Wadsworth honest & well disposed but negative|
Major of Militia
30 years old
|General Chapman21 educated as Merchant friend to G Govermt.—well qualified|
|Talmage secondary||General Huntington22 his recommendation founded on that of General Chapman whom he speaks well of|
son of General
|Tracey valuable Young man Captaincey high enough|
now Col of Militia
41 years old
|Lt in late war several years|
|will not serve under a Junior Officer|
|Talmadge & Wads|
|Wadsworth well recommended to him & he thinks fit|
|See Captain 43 for character|
capt in late war
Captain last War
|Reuben Humphrey25||Wadsworth now Major of Militia & will be glad of a Regt. in provisional army Farmer of good health good figure & good character fit for service above common run of Militia Officers|
|82||Joseph Wilcox 2d
|General E Huntington—one in his opinion well qualified—thinks good connexions|
|served through the Revolutionary War esteemed a brave & active Officer||
|9||Robert Hosmer||H L Hosmer30 possesses talents & integrity a friend to the Govermt good family||probably good|
|LT. of ENGINEERS|
|General Huntington—abilities & ambition competent to the Office|
|Drum Major in Revolution War|
27 years old
|20||William Young Jun||writes well—asks Captaincy|
no Capt of Militia
|Zephaneah Swift34—ambition & Merit|
|[Soon inlist Company—Age, sprightliness & military spirit]|
|Tracey violent Democrat|
[28 years old]
|[Healthy & sprightly—serves as non Commissioned officer in the Army so so]|
|Talmage No. 8|
|[In the governors guard—will make a good officer—perhaps Ensign]|
|Tracey Wadsworth Sadler35 well made young man & he thinks fit for soldier will take Lieutenancy|
|36||[Wm J Bellamy]
about 26 years
|[young gentleman of character & family—recommended by W: Allen]|
37 years old
|served six years last war—was at Stoney Point—Mud fort &c—recommended by many]36|
|40||[Leonard Seymour—Enquire of Mr: Wolcott37]|
|Allen stout fine Officer like gentlemanly brave men|
|Smith of about 26 years—
Tracey S can inlist men well
|21 & 22 years—promising young Gentleman|
|Wadsworth preference to Mosely|
|Wadsworth Tracy Talmage 5 Ensign|
24 years old
|61||Phineas Cadwell||Wadsworth Tracey Talmage No. 2|
|62||Samuel Waugh||Wadsworth Tracey Talmage No. 1|
|66||Thomas Day||Wadsworth Tracey Talmage No. 9|
|69||Peter N Brinsmade|
|70||Benjamin H Judd|
|73||Joseph A Wells|
|Job Tabor Bolls|
|43||Samuel R Gaup||Allen|
|53||Sharon 32 years||real education good Character
|excellent & truly learned accomplished Physician|
|Wadsworth by Inquiry Talmage Mate|
|77||Abel Catlin||Tracey Wad. Talmage|
D, in the handwriting of H and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. In this list of recommendations for Army appointments, those recommended have not been identified. Wherever possible, however, the individuals making the recommendations have been identified.
H, George Washington, and Pinckney prepared this list, which is undated, during their meetings in Philadelphia.
The words within brackets in this list are in Pinckney’s handwriting.
2. Edmond, a veteran of the American Revolution and a lawyer in Newtown, Connecticut, was elected to the House of Representatives as a Federalist in 1797 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Davenport. He was a member of the House until 1801.
3. John Allen, a lawyer from Litchfield, Connecticut, was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from 1797 to 1799.
4. Nathaniel Smith was a lawyer in Woodbury, Connecticut. From 1795 to 1799 he served in the House of Representatives as a Federalist.
5. Uriah Tracy.
6. Smith, a veteran of the American Revolution and a major general of the fourth division of the Connecticut militia, represented the town of Plymouth in the General Assembly of Connecticut in 1798.
7. Jeremiah Wadsworth of Hartford, Connecticut, was deputy commissary general and commissary general of purchases during the American Revolution. From 1789 to 1795 he served in the House of Representatives as a Federalist.
8. Benjamin Tallmadge.
9. Abraham Baldwin, who was a brigade chaplain during the American Revolution, practiced law in Fairfield, Connecticut, until 1784, when he moved to Augusta, Georgia. From 1789 to 1799 he was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from Georgia.
10. Philip Bradley, a veteran of the American Revolution, was United States marshal for the District of Connecticut.
11. Chauncey Goodrich, a lawyer from Hartford, Connecticut, was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from 1795 to 1801.
12. Oliver Ellsworth, a Connecticut Federalist, served in the United States Senate from 1789 to 1796. From 1796 to 1799 he was Chief Justice of the United States.
13. Samuel Lyman of Massachusetts was a member of the House of Representatives from 1795 to 1800.
14. William Moseley of Hartford was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly in 1798.
15. John S. Hobart, who was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, was the United States judge for the District of New York.
16. Judson, a veteran of the American Revolution, was a justice of the peace in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
17. Josiah P. Cooke, a veteran of the American Revolution, was judge of the Probate Court of the District of Danbury.
18. Eli Mygatt was a justice of the peace in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
19. Zephaniah Smith represented Glastonbury in the Connecticut General Assembly.
20. Jonathan Trumbull.
21. In 1797 Elijah Chapman, Jr., became brigadier general of the first brigade of the Connecticut militia.
22. Ebenezer Huntington, a veteran of the American Revolution, was appointed a brigadier general of the Provisional Army on July 19, 1798 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 292–93).
23. Thaddeus Burr was a merchant in Fairfield, Connecticut.
24. During the American Revolution, Elisha Sheldon was a colonel of the Second Continental Dragoons.
25. Humphrey was the keeper of Newgate State Prison in Simsbury and a justice of the peace in Hartford County, Connecticut.
26. Samuel Wyllys, a veteran of the American Revolution, was the secretary of the state of Connecticut.
27. Heman Swift was brevetted a brigadier general at the close of the American Revolution. In 1796 he was a Federalist member of the Electoral College from Connecticut.
28. Thomas Grosvenor, who had been a lieutenant colonel during the American Revolution, was an assistant in the General Assembly of Connecticut.
29. Jonathan Ingersoll was a justice of the Superior Court of Connecticut.
30. Hezekiah L. Hosmer, a lawyer from Hudson, New York, was a member of the House of Representatives from 1797 to 1799.
31. David Daggett served in the lower house of the Connecticut General Assembly from 1791 to 1797 and in the upper house from 1797 to 1804.
32. Nathan Beers, a paymaster during the American Revolution, was a resident of New Haven, Connecticut.
33. Samuel Hull, a resident of Derby, Connecticut, served in the General Assembly of Connecticut in 1793 and 1794.
34. Zephaniah Swift, a lawyer from Windham, Connecticut, was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from 1793 to 1797.
35. John Sadley was a resident of Milford, Connecticut.
36. Charles Ledyard was a resident of Hartford County, Connecticut.
37. Oliver Wolcott, Jr.
38. Bezaleel Beebe (Bebee) was a captain in the American Revolution and after the war served in the Connecticut militia. In 1793 and 1795 he represented Litchfield in the Connecticut General Assembly.