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Installation of Benjamin Stoddert

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CollectionLibrary of Congress: MMC, McHenry, James 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 June 2, 1800
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Summary In a confidential letter, McHenry informs Hamilton of the installation of Benjamin Stoddert as the new Secretary of War. He encloses a transcript of a conversation with John Adams in which Hamilton is described as an "intriquant" and a "bastard" and "as much a foreigner as Gallatin." McHenry's last day in office was the 1st of June. Samuel Dexter would in actuality be McHenry's replacement.
Document Format Autograph Draft Letter
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; James McHenry; Benjamin Stoddert; John Adams; Albert Gallatin;
Related Places Philadelphia; Baltimore; France;
Keywords French; banquet;
Key Phrases [not available]

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2 June 1800
Maj Gen. Alan Hamilton
[undecipherable] sent
2 letters to the President
dated 31 May also
Letter to Major Staggert
& Major Staggs answer.
Confidential /
Philadelphia 2. June. 1800
My Dear Sir,
I [undecipherable] Mr. Stoddert (who [undecipherable]acts as Secretary of war under a temporary commission). this morning about 11 o clock. in the chair I have usually occupied, I then formally laid upon his head eight volumes of the "code militaire" by Banquet with Caesars commentaries in French; kept them upon it 'till he was nearly stupified, when I pronounced him duly installed and as well qualified to discharge the duties of Secretary of War as the President.
Return me the Majors papers - [undecipherable] without taking a copy of any part thereof. [undecipherable] The original was dispatched yesterday to the [undecipherable] old man. What feelings it will excite, or how he will beat the subject I shall not anticipate. Return me also the copies of letters sent you some time since relative to Col. Smith and Jones and under cover to the Seccy. of War, directed to me in my private capacity.
I do not think I shall be able to leave this City for Baltimore before the middle of the month.
I am dear Hamilton
Your sincere friend

Major General Hamilton.