Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Wheelock, 2 April 1800

From John Wheelock, 2 April 1800

Dartmouth College April 2d. 1800.


The goodness, which has attached you to the welfare of our rising happy empire; and which, combined with other talents, has placed you in an eminent and interesting relation, will permit me to suggest a consideration, dictated by a sincere desire to promote, in any way the same public cause.

In this view, I take the liber⟨ty of⟩ recommending to your favourable not⟨ic⟩e Capt: Josiah Dunham, of Col: Graves’ regiment, at Oxford. Long have I known him, and his character, for this place has been the bosom of his progressive improvements, acquaintance, and friends. He is a gentleman of talents, and liberal science, and refinement in arts of taste. He possesses an amiable spirit, activity, and address; and is inviolably attached to our excellent federal establishment; and ardently loves its military service.

Permit me, Sir, to mention. Should there by an opening for the appointment of a Brigade Major, or any other vacancy in the military departments, in which you might think proper to extend the field of his services, I have reason to believe; that, with a great sense of obligation, and a principle of ambition, he will be invariably excited to merit your patronage, and the public approbation, in the faithful and honourable discharge of any duties, that may be assigned him.

With best wishes for the success of your public attentions; and for your personal felicity, I have the honour to be, with great respect and esteem, Sir, your most obedient, and humble Servant,

John Wheelock

The hone. Alexr Hamilton Esq: LL.D. &c. &c.

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is what appears to be an asterisk in the left margin on the first page beside the line in the second paragraph beginning "Capt: Josiah Dunham, of Col: Graves’ regiment..." and there is an "X" mark on the second page just below the line in the third paragraph beginning "any other vacancy in the military departments...."

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