Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James McHenry, 23 May 1799

From James McHenry, 23 May 1799

War Department 23rd May 1799


I have this moment received your letter of the 22nd instt. In answer I have only to observe that I presented on the 9th of May, instant, to the President in a list of nominations, the name of Theodosius Fowler to fill the office to which Major Hutton had been appointed: that I supported the nomination by what you had written to me on the subject; and that I have received this morning, the Presidents confirmation thereof

I shall wait your advice whether to send Mr Fowler his letter of appointment, or to bring the person before the President who appears, upon an after thought, to be preferred by the Lt Colonel of the Regiment. It strikes me, however, that unless the advantage of talents and experience is decidedly in favor of Mr Fonda, that no alteration ought to be proposed

I have the honor to be, with great respect, Sir, your most ob st

James McHenry

The following nominations have also been concurred in, and will be immediately communicated to the Gentlemen appointed

Rufus Graves Lt Colonel
Timothy Darling Major
Cornelius Lynde Vermt Major
Israel W Kelly. N Hampshire 1t Lt.
Thaddeus Kendall Do  Do
Marmaduke Wait Vert.  Do
Benjamin F Starke N. Hampsr 2nd Lt.
Major Genl A Hamilton

(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LS, letterpress copy, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover, H’s directions read: "These officers to be noted on the general schedule."

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