Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 11 April 1800

To James McHenry, 11 April 1800

NY. April 11—1800


Enclosed is a copy of a letter which I have just received from Colonel Ogden—Your attention has been heretofore called to the subject of it, but I ⟨—⟩ think it proper again to submit to you my ideas—

When vacancies happen the Officers next in order are entitled to fill them—Delay in promoting such Officers is a violation of their right—It is calculated also to impress upon their minds a most very unfavorable idea of the government—They consider themselves injured, and resolve the injury they sustain suffer into the operation of a parsimonious spirit upon the public con⟨cern⟩ the operation of a spirit too little to be reputable.

S of War—

(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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