From Benjamin Stoddert
War Department, 3d June 1800
I have this day received your two Letters of the 31st ulto to the Secretary of War, and transmit, agreeably to your request, a Copy of the List of recent promotions in the Army.
I have considered your proposition of uniting the two Battalions of Artillery, but, the President being absent from the City,1 the regular Successor of Mr. McHenry2 not yet arrived, and myself ignorant in many particulars of the Business of the War Department, altho’ temporarily charged with its Duties, I am induced to postpone a Determination on the subject, advising that in the mean time the Battalions be continued in their present situations.
I have the Honour to be, Sir, Your obedt. Servt.
Majr. Genl. Hamilton
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. John Adams was visiting the City of Washington, to which the Government was about to move.
2. Samuel Dexter did not assume office until June 12, 1800. See James McHenry to H, first letter of May 20, 1800, note 16.