Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Josias Carvil Hall, 5 October 1799

From Josias Carvil Hall, 5 October 1799

Havre de Grace Octr. 5th 99


Major Beall, I believe, acted as deputy Inspector to the Southern Division of the Army last War & is I expect well qualified: But I do not think he could be spared at this Time without material Injury to the Service. I am not certain that I am acquainted with the precise Duties of the Office or perhaps I could point out some other Officer who could be better spared & who would do the Duty as well. Major Hopkens is not so well acquainted with the Duties of Infantry as I could wish. He has Industry & Integrity, perhaps he would do for one of those Department. Capt Brothers appears steady, regular, & industrious; will make a very good Officer if he has constitutional Strength. He came highly recommended from men of great Respectability. He writes a very good Hand. I will make enquiry & forward the Result.

The Recruiting Stands for want of money. Many of the Officers are in advance some considerably so.

If you think proper to order a General Court Martial for the trial of a Deserter in Major Beall Battal: Major Beall will sit President & Capt Beall Judge Advocate. There can not be more than ⟨—⟩ seven Members conveniently assembled, perhaps only five.

With great Consideration I am Sir Your Most Obedt Serv

Jo. Carvil Hall

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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