Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 17 July 1799

To James McHenry1

New York, July 17, 1799. “Power has been given to the Inspector General to appoint a Secretary.2 For some time I have employed in this Capacity a person, who is a mere copyist,3 with an allowance less than the law authorises to be given to the Secretary. But I have now appointed as permanent Secretary, Thomas Y How of Trenton in New Jersey. The Kind of person required for this station, and who has actually been obtained, is such, that a Captain’s emoluments afford a very inadequate compensation. Hence I am led to request for Mr. Howe the appointment of second Lieutenant in the Eleventh Regiment, a circumstance which will be perfectly agreeable to its Commandant.…”

Df, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2See Section 26 of “An Act for the better organizing of the Troops 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); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 755 [March 3, 1799]).

3Ethan Brown.

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