Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Fergus, 10 January 1800

From John Fergus, 10 January 1800

Fort Johnston, North Carolina, January 10, 1800


On the 14th. day of Decemr. I recvd. orders from Captn. Willm. McRea to Join him in alexandria with my detachment, he inform’d Me, that it was your Orders I immediately applied to the Collector of this place for the revenue Cutter to take us round, but he absolutely refused ⟨——⟩ve advice to Lt. Pat: C: Harris, who Commands this garrison, not to Suffer me or any one to Move from this without orders from Mr. James McHenry.

I am ancious to join my Captain & will thank you to get the Secretary to order the Cutter to take me, & my detachment round to alexandria, to Charter a Vessel from this place to go to Alexandria will Cost the United Stats Six hundred dollars.

And as the Cutter is in the united States Service, & have been lying in this port for five or Six months doing nothing & at Same time under pay, I think She is the most proper Vessel to be imployd.

However Sir Your Judgement, & Orders, Shall be Obay’d by Your Obt. H⟨—⟩ Servt.

J: Fergus Junr.

Lt. 2d. R. A.&E:

Majr. Gl. Hamilton.

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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