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Presidential Responsibilities & Terms of Enlistment

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionLibrary of Congress: MMC, McHenry, James view image
CollectionPrinted Version only (no image)
MicrofilmJames McHenry Papers (no image)
PublicationSyrett, Harold C., ed. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 Vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-87. (no image)
Document Information
Date March 14, 1799
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Hamilton explains the responsibility of the President to appoint the requisite number of lieutenants as well as the quartermaster and the paymaster. He also addresses whether soldiers would be more likely to enlist for a "casual duration" than for a known term of five years.
Document Format Autograph Letter
Document Notes Cited in McHenry to Hamilton, 03/29/1799.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Alexander Hamilton; the President; Lieutenants; Quartermasters; Paymasters; late army; ;
Related Places New York; ;
Keywords described channels to the President; essential officers; alternative in the oath; term of service; option of the United States; executive propriety; known term of five years; ;
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