George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 21 October 1794

To Alexander Hamilton

Hartley’s1 [York, Pa.]
Tuesday Even⟨ing⟩ 21st October 1794

Dear Sir,

From Colo. Mentges’ inf⟨or⟩mation, there are detachments of Militia a considerable distance in the rear; composed in part, of those whose march was designe⟨d⟩ to be arrested. He adds, many of them are illy clad. This being the case, it appears to me, that an expence, without an equivalent advantage, would result from bringing them forward; and that the cloaths which they must draw to fit them for service would actually be thrown away.2

Under this view of the matter, and a full persuation that the Army which is alr⟨ea⟩dy advanced, is more than competent to an⟨y⟩ opposition that can be given by the Insurgent⟨s⟩ I request that you would advise with Governors Mifflin & Howell (after receiving the f⟨ul⟩lest information from Mentges) and cause all, which in your opinions cannot be up in time; all who are inadequately cloathed in the rear—[(]and in a word, all who do not upon mature consideration of circumstances appear to be essential) to return, that the Country may not be unnecessarily burthened with the cloathing, pay and rations of them.

Open all letters of a public natu⟨re⟩ which may come to the Army addressed to ⟨me⟩—and such as are in the Military line a⟨nd⟩ relating to the business you are upon, t⟨urn⟩ over to the Commanding General. I am—&ca &ca

Go: W⟨as⟩h⟨ington⟩

ALS, DLC: Alexander Hamilton Papers. GW addressed the letter to Hamilton at Bedford, Pa., “Favored by Colo. Mentges.”

1Thomas Hartley’s house was located on West Market Street about two tenths of a mile east of South Beaver Street in York, Pennsylvania.

2At this time Francis Mentges held a position as inspector of the troops and garrisons of the United States. He had been at Trenton, N.J., organizing clothing and equipment for the New Jersey militia gathering there.

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