Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to George Izard, 18 November 1799

To George Izard1

New York Novr. 18th. 99

Dr. Sir

The great regard which I have for your Father2 conspiring with the favorable impressions which I have received of your character induce me to offer you the place of Aide de Camp in my family. If agreeable to you to accept, you will immediately join me at this place, having first obtained the permission of your immediate commanding officer. I mentioned the matter to General Pinckney while here who will therefore dispence with the form of a previous application to him as commanding General of the district.3

With great respect & esteem I am Dr. Sir

Lt. Izzard

Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Izard, a resident of South Carolina and a captain in the First Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers, had studied at military schools in England, Germany, and France.

2Ralph Izard, a prominent Federalist in South Carolina, was a commissioner to Tuscany from 1776 to 1779, a member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783, and a United States Senator from 1789 to 1795.

3Pinckney was on his way to his headquarters in Shepherdstown, Virginia. See H to Pinckney, September 26, 1799; Pinckney to H, October 12, 1799.

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