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Promotions Frequently Prove More Injurious than Advantageous

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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 February 2, 1799
Author Name John Francis Hamtramck (primary) Location: Fort Wayne
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Summary Due to the unsettled state of the military establishment, Hamtramck does not want to be promoted if it is only a temporary measure that could harm his career.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; John F. Hamtramck; Major General Hamilton; military establishment; old soldiers; ;
Related Places Europe; Fort Wayne;
Keywords rank; service; application so incompatible with the profession of arms; military establishment of the United States; promotion; art of war; profession; fatal stroke; appointment; deranged officers; retired officers; ;
Key Phrases Let me entreat you to guard against an appointment which might be the means of throwing me out of service; that is if it can be done with honor to myself.

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