Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Philip Church, 12 January 1799

To Philip Church

[New York, January 12, 1799. “… In virtue of the privilege and authority to me given by law1 I do hereby appoint you to be my Aide de Camp2 to have and to hold all the compensations rights and authorities to the said Office annexed or appertaining so long as you shall continue therein. And I do hereby require all persons whom it may concern to obey and respect accordingly.”3 Letter not found.]

ADS, sold by Stan V. Henkels, Jr., May 15, 1931, Lot 21.

1See “An Act to augment the Army of the United States, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845). description ends 604–05 [July 16, 1798]).

2For the background to this appointment, see H to John Adams, August 24, October 20, 1798; Adams to H, September 3, October 29, 1798. In Godfrey, “Provisional Army,” description begins Charles E. Godfrey, “Organization of the Provisional Army of the United States in the Anticipated War with France, 1798–1800,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, XXXVIII (1914: Reprinted, New York, 1965). Godfrey confuses the Provisional Army with the Additional Army. description ends 164, the date of Church’s appointment as H’s aide-de-camp is incorrectly given as May 1, 1799.

3Extract taken from dealer’s catalogue.

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