Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James McHenry, 8 May 1799

From James McHenry, 8 May 1799

War Department 8th May 1799.


I have received your three letters of the 3rd instant, and one of the 5th. containing a letter for Colo Carrington, one for Colo Parker, one for Major Ford, one for Major Freeman, one for Captain Cochran, and one for the commanding officer at Fort Mifflin. I also received, enclosed in two of your letters of the 3rd, a letter for Captain Bruff, and a Bond of Lt Moseley, paymaster to the Connecticut Regiment.

In reply to your letter of the 3rd respecting the money and clothing for the recruiting service in Massachusetts, I have to inform you that money was transmitted on the 7th inst to Mr Jackson of Boston, to be paid by him to the paymaster. In a letter dated ——— I informed you that Mr Francis has directed six hundred suits of clothes for the two regiments which are to be raised in Massachusetts, to be immediately made at Boston; in addition to this quantity, I shall send all from this place, three hundred suits, as soon as they are ready, either to Boston or Rhode Island. Mr Francis who leaves town this morning for New York, will give you full information respecting the present state of the clothing, and his expectations on that subject

With the greatest respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, your most Obd Hb St

James McHenry

The letter mentioned as inclosed in yours of the 5th did not come to hand, as mentioned

Major Genl A Hamilton

(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LS, letterpress copy, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress). Acknowledges H’s letter of May 5, 1799. Letter not found. In the LS, there is an "X" mark beside the line in the third paragraph beginning "place, three hundred suits...."

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