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Relative Qualifications of Major Generals, Etc.

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CollectionLibrary of Congress: Alexander Hamilton Papers view image
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Document Information
Date July 29, 1798
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: Philiadelphia/ New York
Recipient Name George Washington (primary) Location: Mount Vernon
Summary Presents the case for his superior qualifications in relation to General Pinckney and warns Washington of the insufficiency of McHenry in the post of Secretary of War.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in Washington to Hamilton, 08/09/1798. This letter was started at Philadelphia and finished at New York.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Alexander Hamilton; General [Henry] Knox; [Charles Cotesworth] Pinckney; Federal men; members of Congress; [James] McHenry; Secretary of War; President United States; ;
Related Places Mount Vernon; Philadelphia; New York;
Keywords relative rank of the Major Generals; great majority of leading federal men; command of the army; second in command; self-love; public interests; complaint; tactics; close of the War; Regiments of Artillery; claim of superiority; military service; civil services; impartiality; impartial decision; color of truth; ambition; organization of the Army; recruiting service; vanity; military supplies; cannon; arms; ;
Key Phrases It shall never be said with any color of truth that my ambition or interest has stood in the way of the public good. My friend McHenry is wholly insufficient for his place, with the additional misfortune of not having himself the least suspicion of the fact.

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