Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James McHenry, 10 May 1799

From James McHenry1

War Department, May 10, 1799. Encloses a letter from William Macpherson2 “relative to the positions proper to be maintained … by the regular troops, in the Country late the scene of insurrection and disaffection.”

LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see McHenry to H, March 13, 1799, note 12, March 15, 1799.

2Macpherson to McHenry, May 3, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). In this letter Macpherson reviewed the movements of the forces under his command from March 19 to March 23, 1799. He stated that he had dismissed the volunteer companies and had left the regular troops under the command of Major Mahlon Ford at Reading. He recommended that the regular troops be garrisoned at Reading, Allentown, and Easton.

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