From Oliver Wolcott, Junior1
May 8 1799
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 2d instant.
The business to which you allude, relates to an application made to me by the Surveyor General, for a party of Men to assist in marking the Indian boundary line agreeably to, General Waynes Treaty; but, as the Surveyor General omitted to designate the time when and the place where the men would be required, I have written to him for the necessary information.2 In the mean time I beg leave to suggest, whether it would not operate to prevent delay, if you were, to direct the Commanding Officer3 in the North Western Territory, to confer with the Surveyor General on the subject—and to afford him such assistance as he may deem adequate to the object.
I have the honor to be very respectfully Sir, Your Obedtt. Servant
Major General Hamilton
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background to this letter, see James McHenry to H, second letter of April 11, 1799.
2. Wolcott to Rufus Putnam, April 19, 1799 (Carter, Territorial Papers description begins Clarence E. Carter, ed., The Territorial Papers of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , III, 21).
3. During the absence of Brigadier General James Wilkinson, Lieutenant Colonel John F. Hamtramck was in command of the Western Army.