Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James McHenry, 11 April 1799

From James McHenry

War Department
11th. April 1799


The Secretary of the Treasury, has represented to me, in a letter dated the 20th. March ulto.,1 that a Party of Troops, heretofore ordered, to be detached, to assist the Surveyor General2 in marking the Indian boundary line, conformably to the Treaty of Greenville,3 had utterly failed to cooperate, and that in consequence, the Northern line has been marked in no other manner, than the boundaries of Townships. I therefore enclose you, a copy of a letter, from me, to Brigadier General Wilkinson dated the 18th March 17974 advising him of a requisition by the Secretary of the Treasury, for a military escort, to cover the Surveyors while running the necessary lines, and requiring him, on the application of the Surveyor General, and information, when and where the Survey is to commence, to direct a suitable escort, instructed to assist, in marking the exterior line—also an extract from a letter, of General Wilkinson to me, dated the 25th April 17975 which shews, that he had taken preparatory measures, to comply with my orders. You will be pleased, at a convenient time, to ascertain, why the cooperation of the military thus ordered, and intended, did not take place, and make report to me accordingly.

As the marking of the boundary line, is yet incomplete and the Secretary of the Treasury, still thinks military assistance, and protection necessary, to complete it, you will as soon as possible, give directions, that an adequate party of the troops in the North Western Territory, shall attend, at such time and place as shall be pointed out, by the Surveyor General, to cover him, and his workmen, and to assist in marking, such parts of the boundary line, as he may direct.

Mr. Wolcott has been requested, to inform you, of the place, where it is most probable, the Troops will be wanted, to enable you to determine, from what post or place, it will be most convenient and proper, to draw the necessary escort.

I am Sir   with great respect   Your obedient servant

James McHenry

Alexander Hamilton Esqr
Major General of the Armies
of the United States.

LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LS, letterpress copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1ADf, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

2Rufus Putnam.

3This treaty, which was signed on August 3, 1795, was submitted to the Senate on December 9, 1795, and approved on December 22, 1795 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 193, 197). For the provisions of this treaty and the negotiations preceding its signing, see ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Indian Affairs, I, 562–82.

4Copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

5Copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

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