George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James McHenry, 20 October 1798

From James McHenry

Trenton [N.J.] 20th Octbr 1798

My dear General.

I received a letter this morning from General Hamilton which I inclose.1 You will be pleased to return it, as well as the annexed poetry, the production of Mr Horry sent for the perusal of Miss Custis.2 Yours ever & affectionately

James McHenry

ALS, DLC:GW; ADfS, MiU-C: McHenry Papers.

1This probably was one of the three letters that Alexander Hamilton wrote McHenry on 19 October. In one of these Hamilton expresses his satisfaction at being ranked first among the three major generals and agrees to meet in Philadelphia in early November (Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 22:202–3). In another, from which Timothy Pickering quotes in his letter to GW of this date, Hamilton reports that Charles Cotesworth Pinckney had accepted the ranking of the major generals (ibid., 201–2).

2Horry was a brother of Nelly Custis’s friend Harriott Pinckney Horry Rutledge. The poetry has not been identified.

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