George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 31 October 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

Camp 1½ Miles beyond Cherrys Mill1 [Pa.]
October 31 1794


The New Jersey Infantry and Brigade of Cavalry are at this place—The Pensylvania Infantry will be here this Evening—The light Corps is advanced about two Miles. No official account, since that heretofore communicated has come from the left wing2—But a person who came from Union-Town yesterday informs, that Morgan with the advance was there—the main body about twenty miles behind—I propose in about an hour to set out for Union Town.

All announces trepidation & submission. The new commissioners have been with Governor Mifflin charged with new declarations by townships, batalions of Militia &c. of a disposition to obey the laws3—The impression is certainly for the present strong but it will be stronger & more permanent by what is to follow. It does not appear that any great number have fled. With the truest respect & attachment I have the honor to be Sir Your obed. servant

A. Hamilton


1Cherry’s Mill, present-day Laurelville, Pa., lies on Jacobs Creek at the boundary between Westmoreland and Fayette counties.

2Hamilton presumably was referring to the unidentified letter from Henry Lee mentioned in Hamilton’s letter to GW of 29 October.

3Hamilton was referring to the four commissioners appointed to confer with GW by the meeting at Parkinson’s Ferry on 24 Oct. (see David Redick to GW, 22 Oct., n.1). Because GW had returned to Philadelphia, they met instead with Pennsylvania governor Thomas Mifflin, Hamilton, and Lee (report of the committee, 1 Nov., Pa. Archives description begins Samuel Hazard et al., eds. Pennsylvania Archives. 9 ser., 138 vols. Philadelphia and Harrisburg, 1852–1949. description ends , 2d ser., 4:367–69).

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