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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 27, 1798
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Harrison Gray Otis (primary)
Summary Along with an exteract explaining many of his thoughts on internal defense, Hamilton includes additional observations regarding the reduction of military forces, the efficacy of militias; defects in the military establishment, the Provisional Army, and appropriations for fortifications.
Document Format Contemporary Copy of Letter
Document Notes A copy in the handwriting of Philip Church.
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Related Persons/Groups Harrison Gray Otis; Alexander Hamilton; our enemy; Commander in Chief [Washington]; Department of War; Congress; the Minister; militia; General Washington; ;
Related Places New York; West India Islands; ;
Keywords apology; extract of a letter; reduction of the actual force; internal disorders; efficacy of militia; western expedition; alarm as to the perserverance of the troops; serious resistance; precarioius times; defects in the military establishment; reform economy; efficiency; ample communication; silence; Provisional Army; reliance of the government on the militia; expensive appropriations; fortifications; misapplication of money; arsenals; dock yards; ;
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