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My Ideas on Military Arrangements

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CollectionLibrary of Congress: Alexander Hamilton Papers view image
PublicationSyrett, Harold C., ed. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 Vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-87. (no image)
Document Information
Date December 22, 1798
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name James Gunn (primary)
Summary Due to the current state of international affairs, especially the temporizing conduct of France, Hamilton advises against any immediate augmentation of the Army. Still, he lists a number of steps that should be taken--especially regarding the addition of military arms and supplies--in case the interntional situation should darken. Plans for a military draft should be considered in case of invasion.
Document Format Contemporary Copy of Letter
Document Notes A letter communicated "in confidence" and copied in the handwriting of Philip Church.
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Related Persons/Groups James Gunn; Alexander Hamilton; Regiment of Cavalry; Commander in Chief [Washington]; Secretary of War [McHenry]; the President [John Adams]; Officers; General Gunn; George Washington; James McHenry; John Adams; President United States; infantry; artillery; ;
Related Places New York; France; ;
Keywords further military arrangements; important tax; prospect of peace; temporizing conduct of France; serious discontents; particular laws; force to be employed in the field; heavy cannon; fortifications, mortars; seige; eighteen pounders; thirty two pounders; twenty four pounders; ten inch caliber; offensive operations; Provisional Army; infantry of the line; riflemen; artillery; actual army; pay; invasion; caution on the part of our enemies; military establishment; tax; ;
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