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Relative Rank of Captains in the Navy

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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 15, 1799
Author Name Captain Silas Talbot (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Summary Talbot complains to Hamilton about his placement in the relative rank of Captains of the Navy. He is particulaly displeased with the placement of Capt. Truxton above him .He argues that when an officer of the Navy is out of command his pay ceases but not his rank which should remain the same when his service recommences.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Partially illegible.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; Silas Talbot; the Executive; Officers; Mr. [Benjamin] Stoddert; Capt. Thomas Truxton; Capt. Richard Dale; Congress; Capt. Barry; Capt. Nicholson; navy; officer; command; congress; ;
Related Places New York;
Keywords relative rank of several persons; appointment as Captains in the Navy; good of the service; perfect justice to all; disrespect for his character; laws and usage of rank in service; ships of war; protection of our commerce; pay; commissions; law of Congress; war with Great Britain; ;
Key Phrases What have Captain Dale or myself done since that time that ourght to injure us in our relative rank in the service or that would justify Capt. Truxtons being put above us?

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