From Timothy Taylor
Danbury [Connecticut] June 8, 1799. “I have the Honor to inform you that upon my return from New York, I find it has become a Serious question wheather the recruiting Officers have a right to enlist Minors after they arrive to the age of 18 Years, without the consent of their parents, Masters, or Guardians and repeated application has been made for the releasment of some of those so enlisted; it has been my opinion that the officers had a good right to enlist them & that they ought not to be given up, but as I may have errourd in Judgement, I beg the favour of your opinion upon the subject as soon as convenient.…”1
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Section II of the March, 1799, edition of the War Department pamphlet Rules and Regulations Respecting the Recruiting Service stipulated that “Each recruit must not be less than Eighteen.” For an account of the editions of Rules and Regulations Respecting the Recruiting Service, see H to Jonathan Dayton, August 6, 1798, note 6; James McHenry to H, March 21, 1799.