Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Thomas Parker, 3 May 1799

From Thomas Parker, 3 May 1799

Winchester May the 3rd. 1799


I had the honor of Receiving your letter of the 24th ultimo together with one from your ⟨Aide⟩ De Camp Covering Acts & Regulations Respecting the military establishment which I shall duly attend to

I herewith Inclose you the arrangement of The officers to the several Recruiting Rendezvous & have subjoined the appointments of the Staff. They are Gentlemen Who I Believe will fill their Respective posts with much propriety

Mr Bent not being provided with proper securities at this place I have written to Colo. Charles Simms of Alexandria to take his Bond with sufficient Securities & Requested him to Inclose it to you without delay

I wish to Know as early as possable who is to fill the Vacancy occasioned by Major Morgans Refusing to Serve that I may arrange the majors to their Respective Districts

I observe that one of the public Agents Have Contracted for Supplies of provisions for troops at Leesburg & Farquier Cthouse neither of which are mentioned in my Circle tho I think them more Eligable than many that are and If you approve of the measure I think I coud make an advantageous Removal of Some of the officers ⟨—⟩ these posts—I Cannot help again Repeating to you my wish that a Recruiting Rendezvous Coud be fixed in Berkley County either at Charles Town or Shepherds Town as I Conceive a good Company might be Raised without Interfering with the Winchester Rendezvous

Captain Washington is much dissatisfied at being Sent to Dumfries where his is fear full his Efforts to Raise a Company will meet with But little Success & If it woud Comport with the good of the Service which I Conceive It woud as I woud wish to gratify him by permiting him to remain in Berkley

Both his officers being appointed to the Staff I Imagine, It will be proper to Appoint others to Supply the Vacancies as early as possable

I trust that the Reasons that I assignd for wishing the Regemental Rendezvous Removed from Alexandria to this place will prove Sufficient to Induce you to make the Alteration

I Shall be glad to Know your pleasure on the Subject as early as possable that I may make my arrangements Accordingly—

If the Cadets are to be shortly appointed I will take the liberty of Recommending Mr Uriah Blue & John Stephens Both of Berkley who I think with a little experience woud make good officers

I Shall be glad to Receive as early as possable the articles of war & Baron Stuben’s Instructions that I may distribute them Among the officers to many of whome they will be of Great Service to

with Great Consideration I have the honor to be Sir Your Verry Obedt Servant

Thomas Parker

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing "Lieutt. Colo. Thomas Parkers Circle for recruiting divided and subdivided into Districts" (D, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There are multiple "X" marks in the left margin throughout the ALS from Thomas Parker to H.

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