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  • No one could be found to contract to furnish the clothing for the present year, to include the additional army, because a sufficiency of white and blue cloths could not be procured within the United States in season, so that they could complete their contract before late in the autumn or the beginning of winter.

    • A considerable proportion of the cloth was not obtained until after the arrival of the spring vessels, as it was not previously within the United States.

    • Says that these causes account for the delay that has occurred in furnishing clothing for the recruiting service. Feels that when the officers involved with the recruiting know the facts, that they will not ascribe the delay to the neglect of the Secretary of War, or to anyone else. He encourages Hamilton to pass on this information to the officers.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [July 19, 1799]

    To Col. Aaron Ogden, 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 761-762.



    • States that he received a letter of the Secretary of War, dated July 17th, noting the resignation of Lt. Charles Read of Col. Ogden’s regiment, and that the resignation was accepted.

    • The envelope is inscribed: Aaron Ogden, Lt. Col. Commd. Elizabeth Town, N. Jersey. In the corner is inscribed: On public service, A. Hamilton. In the other corner is: Genl. Hamilton, July 19, 1799, [illegible] resignation of Lt. Reed.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [July 22, 1799]

    To Col. Aaron Ogden, marked as “Circular”. 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 763-764.



    • States that he is forwarding an extract of a letter to Hamilton from the Secretary of War, in which the Secretary explains the causes of the delay in getting a supply of clothing “adequate to the demand”.



    • (No. 53 continued)

    • Says that the contractor assures him that the supply, in future, will keep pace with the demand.

    • The envelope is inscribed: Aaron Ogden, Lt. Col. Command. Elizabeth Town, N. Jersey. In the corner is written: On public service, A. Hamilton. In the other corner is: Genl. Hamilton, enclosing an extract of a letter from the Secty of War, relative to the clothing, July 22, 1799.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [August 20, 1799]

    To Col. Aaron Ogden. 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 765-766.



    • Hamilton says he received letters from recipient. Acknowledges that the plan proposed by the recipient on the subject of returns would do well for the regiments located nearby, but would be inconvenient for those located further away. Feels that since the plan cannot be followed by all regiments, it’s best not to use it. Suggests that a weekly return be used to “remedy the deficiencies in the monthly return.”

    • Notes that a copy of recipient’s letter of recommendation of [illegible] Wright has been forwarded to the Secretary of War, and that he has added his support.

    • Genl. Hamilton, August 20, 1799 [illegible] Wright.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [August 22, 1799]

    [Unknown recipient] 4 pp. and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 767-770



    • Suggests an early preparation for winter quarters since there is nowhere that will accommodate the quartering of an entire corps. Suggests that “it may be found most eligible to hut the troops during the ensuing winter”.

    • Notes that a point in the vicinity of the Raritan might be possible for the 10th,11th, and 12th regiments. Asks the recipient to look into the possibility. Says that the site must have sufficient wood for the construction of the huts and for fuel, an adequate supply of water, a healthful situation and plentiful surrounding country. Asks that the grounds be procured upon here, as it might be difficult to dispose of it afterward. If the grounds cannot be hired, the recipient should ask the purchase price.

    • States that although a site on the Raritan is most desirable, if one cannot be found, he should try for another site in New Jersey, intermediate between Philadelphia and New York.


    • (No. 55 continued)

    • Suggests that he avail himself of the contractors who are to provide quarters for the troops. Asks the recipient to give his personal attention to the matter and tells him that no time is to be lost. Asks that the recipient report his findings to Hamilton. Notes that there are some barracks at Amboy, and asks recipient to investigate their condition.

    • The envelope is inscribed: Genl. Hamilton, August 22, 1799.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [August 27, 1799]

    To Col. Aaron Ogden. 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 771-772.



    • Replies to a letter of August 23, and answers that “the lads enlisted as musicians are to be mustered, although under eighteen”. Says that the authority given to the recipient on the subject of mustering extends to the object of which the recipient spoke in his letter. Wants to be informed as to whether recipient received his letter.

    • The envelope is inscribed: Col. Aaron Ogden, Elizabeth Town.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [September 2, 1799]

    To Col. Aaron Ogden, 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 773-774.



    • Says he received the recipient’s letters of August 30 and 31, and expresses appreciation for the execution of his request to the recipient. Says he has been given information that a good vicinity may be found around Pumpton (sic). Asks him to examine the situation and report back to Hamilton. Notes that it may “be of consequence to the public to excite competition among the holders of hounds [?]”.

    • The envelope is addressed to Col. Aaron Ogden, now at Trenton, and bears the inscription “In public service, A. Hamilton”




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [September 18, 1799]

    To Col. Aaron Ogden, 3 pages and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 775-778.



    • Says that in case his letter of the 9th of September has been lost, he is sending a duplicate, for he is most anxious to hear from the recipient about the matter about which Hamilton had written. Says he has considered the terms offered by the owners of the land on Green Brook, and thinks them high. Thinks that $60 per acre should be enough for a fee simple.


    • (No. 58 continued)

    • Asks him to look out for other situations at more moderate terms. Says that if land can be had at a cheaper rate, it might be necessary to fix on Carlisle, where there are provisions, and that with the aid of $3,000 to $4,000, three regiments could be accommodated.

    • Says he is sending an extract from a letter from the Secretary of War about Carlisle. Says that recipient can use it to bring the owners of [hound? Illegible] to terms. [abstract of enclosed extract] “He is enclosing a copy of Col. [illegible] stating that the buildings can be fitted to quarter 1900 men and their officers for $3813.52. Says oak can be had for $2, hickory for $2.50 per cord, and straw at 4 shillings per 12 bundles.

    • Says that he leaves it to recipient to decide between Brunswick in Jersey and Carlisle in Pennsylvania for the winter quarters for 3 of the raised regiments and to provide comfortable accommodations for the troops” [end of enclosed extract]

    • Hamilton says he is not inclined to accept the proposal because in cases of an agreement between the government and an individual, the terms fixed on are often high and unreasonable.

    • The envelope is addressed to Col. Aaron Ogden, Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, and is marked “on public service”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [September 19, 1799]

    To Col. Aaron Ogden, marked “Private and Confidential”, 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 779-780.



    • Asks Col. Ogden for recommendations for the best qualified Majors, Captains, and Lieutenants of his regiment for consideration for positions in the Department of the Inspectorship or of the Quartermaster. Says that he is asking for the same information from other regiments. He hopes that the information will be given with frankness, and says that it will be treated in confidence. Says that it is not certain that any appointment will be made from the regiment.

    • The envelope is addressed to Aaron Ogden, Lt. Col. Commander at Elizabeth Town, N. Jersey, and is marked “on public service”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [September 27, 1799]

    To Col. Aaron Ogden, 3 pages and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 781-784.



    • (No. 60 continued)

    • Says he received the recipient’s letter of the day before, and asks him to complete the contracts as soon as possible. The conveyance should be to the United States of America. As soon as he hears the contract is complete, he will give directions to the Paymaster General to furnish the recipient with the necessary funds.

    • The second page contains a scratch paper with sums on it.

    • The third page has inscribed at the top: “ A Deed Roll from Cornelius Van Mule and wife”. There is an illegible name written across the middle.

    • The envelope is addressed to Col. Aaron Ogden, Elizabeth Town, N. Jersey, and is marked “on public service”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [Elizabeth Town] [October 8, 1799]

    To James Miller, Esq., 2 pages and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 785-787.



    • Says that the Secretary of War has informed him that the recipient has been given the funds to purchase lots in Green Brook for the winter quarters of the 11th, 12th, and 13th regiments. Requests that the recipient deliver the necessary sum to the Paymaster of the 11th regiment, as a strict promise has been made for delivery of the sum. Says that he does not have his notes of the exact sum before him, but that the recipient will be able to ascertain the sum from a copy of a letter from Col. Ogden that Hamilton sent to the Secretary of War. Notes that the Paymaster of the 11th regiment is now at Trenton [? A bit illegible].

    • Adds a postscript, noting that Col. Ogden just informed him that the price of the land is $4450.00.

    • The envelope is addressed to James Miller, Esq., Assistant Quarter Master General, Trenton, N. Jersey, and has a return address of Major Genl. Hamilton, Elizabeth Town, Oct. 8, 1799. It is marked “on public service”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [October 25, 1799]

    To James Miller, Esq. 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 788-789.



    • Notes that Col. Rice informed him that he entered into a contract for 15 acres of land for the winter quarters of the 14th, 15th, and 16th regiments for $400. Asks that the recipient empower his agent, Jonathon Jackson, Esq., to advance the money. Says that he thinks there might be a mistake in the sum, and that Miller should empower his agent to go as high as $1000.


    • (No. 62 continued)

    • Says that he will direct Col. Rice to speak to Jonathon Jackson on the subject.

    • The envelope is addressed to James Miller, Esq. [illegible] Col. Rice, Assistant Quarter Master General, Trenton, New Jersey. The return address is marked Major Genl. Hamilton, New York, Oct. 25, 1799, and is marked “on public service”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [November 18, 1799]

    To James Miller, Esq., 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 790-791.



    • Notes that Colonel Parker has contracted for 200 acres of land at 3 pounds, 5 shillings, and 6 pence per acre, to be paid in 6 months. There would be a deduction in interest if the money were to be immediately paid. Asks that Col. Parker be immediately supplied with the necessary funds.

    • The envelope is addressed to James Miller Esquire, Assistant Quarter Master General, Philadelphia. The return address is from “Alex. Hamilton, Esq., N. York, Nov. 18th, 1799, respecting land purchased by Col. Parker”. The envelope is marked “on public service”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [May 6, 1800]

    To Col. Ogden, 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 792-793.



    • Notes that the troops at “the Scotch Plains” will be encamped during the summer, and asks the recipient to look for suitable land, as discussed between them.

    • The envelope is marked “Genl. Hamilton, May 6, 1800, relative to encamp [illegible] of ground”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [May 8, 1800]

    To Col. Ogden, 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 794-795.



    • Notes that tents may not arrive in time, and asks Col. Ogden to take a convenient house within a small distance of the camp at the Scotch Plains for Hamilton and his suite. Hamilton expects to be there by the 20th of the month.

    • The envelope is marked “Genl. Hamilton, [illegible], May 8, 1800”.



    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [May 10, 1800]

    To Col. Ogden, 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 796-797.



    • Says that he is enclosing a letter from James Miller, Esq., the Assistant Quarter Master General, and asks Col. Ogden to communicate his ideas on the subject of it.

    • The envelope is marked “Genl. Hamilton, May 10th, 1800, [illegible words] transportation of officer [illegible]”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [May 17, 1800]

    To Col. Ogden, 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 798-799.



    • Says that he will send his baggage with a servant to Elizabeth Town on the next Monday, asking that Col. Ogden send it on immediately to the camp, so that preparations may be made before his arrival. Says that he will leave on Wednesday morning, and asks Col. Ogden to have the horse for him at “Powles Hook by that time”.

    • He adds a postscript stating that Col. Ogden is asked to send 2 horses and a driver for “the baggage wagon to Powles Hook at the same time”.

    • The envelope is marked “Genl. Hamilton, May 17, 1800, [illegible] his baggage”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [New York] [May 19, 1800]

    To Col. Ogden, 1 page and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 800-801.



    • Notes that the bearer of the letter is Mr. Genti, his cook, and notes that he is a very respectable man in his station. Says that Mr. Genti has charge of his baggage, and asks that Col. Ogden see to it that it is transported to camp without delay. Asks that Mr. Genti be given a horse to convey himself, unless he declines it.

    • The envelope is marked “Colonel Ogden, D [illegible] General, E Town”. The return address is marked “Genl. Hamilton, May 19, 1800, [illegible] his baggage”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [Camp Union Brigade] [May 31, 1800]

    To Col. Ogden, 2 pages and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 802-804.



    • Notes that the sick of the brigade stationed there will remain after the disbandment, under the care of a surgeon. Says that if he does not inform Col. Ogden by Tuesday that one will come from New York, he asks Col. Ogden to engage Dr. Chetwood for the purpose.



    • (No. 69 continued)

    • Says that Dr. Chetwood would receive compensation from the public for his services.

    • The envelope is addressed to Lt. Col. Aaron Ogden, Dep. Quarter Master General. The return address is marked “Genl. Hamilton, May 31, 1800”, regarding engagement of a surgeon, Dr. Chetwood.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [unknown location] [illegible date, possibly 1802] To James McEvers, Esq., 2 pages and 1 envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 805-807.

    • Responds to a letter from the recipient, and says that Mr. McEvers, as administrator of the estate of Marc Rene Satueguet [partially illegible] d’Espaguec [partially illegible], before distribution of the estate should submit a suit in Chancery, since his client died intestate. Says the suit should be initiated by the brothers of the deceased. Those brothers, by the laws of France, are entitled to the property, and would be complainants against Mr.McEvers, the deceased’s mother, Mr. Asy [?], and Mr. Jernace [?]. Advises Mr. McEvers to let the court decide who should have the property, and notes that Mr. McEvers will then be protected by the court’s decision.

    • Further notes that it is necessary to obtain a decision of their court so that it can be ascertained whether the distribution of the intestate’s estate should be governed by the laws of France or of New York. Says that our courts have made no decision on that issue yet, but believes they will agree with the courts of England, which establish that the “Lex Domicilis” and the “Lex Rei Sitae” shall attach upon the property, and regulate the succession to it. Says he cannot be certain.

    • Advises that if the brothers of the intestate have engaged attorneys in the United States that Mr. McEvers should immediately file a Bill in Chancery. Says that a copy of the bill might be taken to Europe and that commissioners would take testimony from the defendants. Notes that all parties are anxious for a speedy decision.

    • The document was signed by Alexander Hamilton, and David A. Ogden.

    • The envelope is addressed to James McEvers, Esq., New York, and the return is noted as “Genl. Hamilton and David A. Ogden, Opinion”.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [place, date, and recipient unknown]. Fragment. 2 fragmented pages.

    Microfilm 21: 808-809.

    • Mentions sections of the Coasting Act that have been so construed by officers of Customs so that all vessels of twenty tons and upwards bound to any port within their district should obtain a …..[end of fragment]. The fragment is signed by A. Hamilton.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [place, date, and recipient unknown]. Fragment, consisting of 3 sections, II – IV.

    Microfilm 21: 810

    • Section II was crossed out, but stated that it might be expedient to make the capacity of [illegible] so high that distillers would keep accounts of pay by the gallon.

    • Section III suggests repeal of the 22nd section, and suggests a substitution.

    • Section IV addresses evasion of the duty by itinerant distillers. Suggests that such distillers must pay the whole year’s tax previous to removal, or give a bond with approved security conditions of what the party shall be accountable for in the year. Suggests that the proprietor of the land be made liable. Suggests that the proprietor have every [illegible] marked with progressive numbers, the name of the county, the name of the district, and the name of the collector.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [place, date, and recipient unknown]. Fragment of an envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 811

    • Upper part of fragment notes “distillers too illiterate to keep accounts – what to be done”. The next block states “whether he may not certify the times when inspections are employed with him and they to be paid as if employed in the customs.” Refers to Note 12 of Exec. Law, and 4th Section of Act making Prov.

    • On left side is the name D. Lyman, and the writing under it is illegible. On the other side is a note that this is an autograph manuscript by Genl. Alexander Hamilton, presented by his son, Col. Alexander Hamilton.




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [place, date, and recipient unknown]. Fragments, divided into 5 clauses, describing the conduct of a suit. 2 pp.

    Microfilm 21: 812-813.

    • (No. 74 continued)

    • Clause 1 notes that Margaret Selyns [illegible] “seized among other things Dominis’ farm and made her will devising the residue of the estate [illegible].

    • Clause 2 notes that the estate descended to DeRiemer [somewhat illegible], the grandfather [illegible superscript] and was in his seizure until the year 1727.

    • Clause 3 states that the executors at the time mentioned in the receipt to Delancy made a feigned sale to [illegible] as their agent, who then reconvened land to them. Suggests that this sale be voided. Notes that J.D. Reimer Sr. never received his part.

    • Clause 4 says that they should proceed as in Conveyance C to deduce the title to the persons who conveyed to Delancy.

    • Clause 5 notes that Delancy, with notice of this sale, purchased the premises, which were conveyed to him by Conveyance C.

    • The second page is inscribed: A. Deriemin [illegible] Notes as to mode of conducting [illegible].




    1. HAMILTON, Jr. Alexander [grandson of Alexander Hamilton] [New York] [October 5, 1863]

    To John Trimble, Nashville, Tennessee. 2 pp. and envelope.

    Microfilm 21: 814-815



    • This note was written by the grandson of Alexander Hamilton. He said he was fulfilling his promise to the recipient to send an autograph document of his grandfather’s. It is the fragment detailed in #74 of this document. He explains that he rewrote Clause 5 of the preceding document himself, because it had been cut off the original paper, to be given away some time since.

    • He says that he hopes “that the late unhappy check may be followed by a decided advantage to the Union arms”, [a reference to action in The Civil War].




    1. HAMILTON, Alexander [place, date, and recipient unknown]. Fragments of notes pertaining to a legal case. 4 pp.

    Microfilm 21: 816-819

    • Clause 1: Refers to frauds alleged, rather than proved. Notes that there might be more jealousy than fact.

    • Clause 2: Notes that there were many transactions between [illegible] and defendant.

    • Clause 3: Feels that there was a large debt.

    • Clause 4: Notes that account balance was 6000, and that it could be proven in some respects by witnesses.

    • Clause 5: A large debt was due.



    • (No. 75 continued)

    • Clause 6: Notes that taking the bond in 10,000 pounds was a circumstance in his favor, for it was an odd sum.

    • Clause 7: Notes that this was called to account a long time after mistake, and that it was possible that after execution of the bond, the notes were delivered.
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