To James Wilkinson
New York May 20. 1800
I think it proper to inform you in order to prevent misapprehension that congress have lately passed a law empowering the President to disband all the army by the fifteenth of June next;1 except the four old Regiments of Infantry, the two old troops of horse, the corps of Artillerists and Engineers, and the staff (General and other) appertaining to the old establishment, and that in consequence of this Act The President has determined that the twelve Additional Regiments shall be disbanded on the fourteenth of June next.2
It is to be understood, that Capt Vance3 will continue to act as Deputy Pay Master General and to perform the duties assigned to him during the residence of the Pay Master General at the seat of Government of which he may be notified accordingly.
With great consideration & esteem I am Sir Yr. Obed servant
Brigadier General Wilkinson
ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. “An Act supplementary to the act to suspend part of an act, intituled ‘An act to augment the Army of the United States, and for other purposes’” (2 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 85–86 [May 14, 1800]). For the text of this act, see H to Nathan Rice, May 13, 1800, note 1.
3. Captain Samuel C. Vance of the Third Regiment of Infantry.