From James McHenry
War Department [Philadelphia] 21 Jany 1799
I send you inclosed some minute information respecting the nominations which you may wish to see.1 I have at the request of a committee of the Senate furnished them with a bill embracing the new organization for the army, and am preparing another for the provisional army, and a third for the Hospital department. I have required from Genl Hamilton assistance and have received it.2 Yours ever and affectionately
ALS, DLC:GW; ADfS, MdAA.
1. McHenry wrote GW on 22 Jan.: “I omitted to inclose in my letter of yesterday the annexed schedule upon which the letter is a commentary” (DLC:GW). The enclosed list of the twenty-seven men recommended for commissions in the New Army and not offered commissions (DLC:GW) is printed in Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 22:430. The list has also been transcribed for CD-ROM:GW. In his letter to Hamilton of 21 Jan. McHenry explains why all of these men were left off the list of those recommended for commissions (ibid., 428–31).
2. In response to McHenry’s requests of 10 and 14 Jan., Alexander Hamilton on 16 Jan. sent McHenry a “Draft of a Bill for a Provisional Army” (Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 22:409–11, 421–22). President Adams delayed sending the bill to Congress, and “An Act giving eventual authority to the President of the United States to augment the Army” (1 Stat. description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 725–27) was not enacted until 2 Mar. 1799. Hamilton sent his “draft of a Bill for regulating the Medical Establishment” on 21 Jan., on which “An Act to regulate the Medical Establishment” (ibid., 721–23), enacted on 2 Mar., was based. The third bill that Hamilton drafted for McHenry, which Congress enacted on 3 Mar. as “An Act for the better organizing of the Troops of the United States; and for other purposes” (ibid., 749–55), was based on McHenry’s report of 24 Dec. 1798 to President Adams, which in turn was based on the recommendations made to McHenry on 13 Dec. by GW, Hamilton, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (see GW to McHenry, 13 Dec. 1798 [first letter], and notes; see also Hamilton to McHenry, 14 Jan. 1799, in Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 22:416–17).