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Worthiness of Captain Robinson

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Source Name Image(s)
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 January 1, 1799
Author Name Benjamin Stoddert (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Summary Stoddert seeks Hamilton's assessment of Capt. Robinson as a potential commander in the Navy.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Partially illegible. Syrett listed this document in the Appendix to Vol. 22.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; Benjamin Stoddert; Capt. Robinson; captains of our larger vessels; commander; US Navy; Navy Department; ;
Related Places New York; Philadelphia;
Keywords frigate; high commendation; good sense; smaller vessels; Navy; recommendation; merchant frigate; larger vessels; ;
Key Phrases Some indifferent men have already crept into command in our Navy. It will prove worse than worthless if it should be badly commanded.

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Navy Depart
Ben Stoddert

General Hamilton

New York -

pg 24 Phila. 1 Jan 9 1799


A Capt Robinson, who superintends the merchants Frigate at New York, has been recommended to command a Frigate. He was yesterday introduced to me , by Mr Wathor of New York, with high commendations. The Captains of our larger repels, should [possess?] good sense, & real bravery - & of our smaller repels - bravery, at least. Will you be so good as to tell me which kind of a man, this Robinson really is? Some indifferent men have already crept into command in our Navy. It will prove worse than worthless, if it should be badly commanded. I wish immediately destroy your letter, if it should be unfavorable to Ronbin-son. - The impression only will remain.

I have the honor to be with real & great esteem yr most obed serv

Ben Stoddert