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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
April 23, 1799 Doubts About Approving or Disapproving Sentences of Court Martials, Etc. James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Hamilton questions whether he has the authority to approve or disapprove sentences of Court Martials that have been instituted by officials other than himself.
April 27, 1799 Carry Out the Sentences of the General Court Martial James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Hamilton is asked to carry out the several sentences contained in the proceedings of the General Court Martial.
May 25, 1799 Approving Proceedings of Garrison Courts-Martial James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry complains that the business of the War Office is sufficiently extensive and should not be burdened with requests to approve the sentences of garrison courts-martial. The Articles of War require the President's approval only for sentences in capital cases heard by General Courts-Martial.
1799 Regarding the punishment for desertion War Department [not available] States that it is expedient to empower the Commanding General of an army to decide and execute upon all sentences of the court martial, including any recommendations of clemency, for the crime of desertion. Discusses penalties for desertion and insists that no pardon ought to be extended to deserters or traitors to the enemy.
October 15, 1795 My Abilities as a Gun Maker John Miles Samuel Hodgdon Miles expresses his wish that Hodgdon will be satisfied with his abilities as a gunmaker. He notes that forging and smithing are also skills with which he is familiar. He hopes to remain in the service of the United States but, if not, he will move on to New York.
November 7, 1796 Recommendation for John Lee Elias Boudinot Samuel Hodgdon John Lee, late of New Jersey, has the character of an honest man. He has endured many losses recently and makes a living by his industry and labor. He has good handwriting and is familiar with business. Boudinot believes he would be useful in any department for which Hodgdon feels he is qualified. He has good recommendations from many of the first gentlemen of New Jersey.
October 9, 1800 Regarding Appropriate Punishment for Officers John Adams Samuel Dexter Appears to signal delay in deciding appropriate punishment for several officers who treated a 3rd party in a poor manner. Adams is uncertain whether the punishments are too severe.
February 21, 1800 Sgt. Hunter's Dilemma Samuel Eddins Alexander Hamilton According to a doctor familiar with the situation, Sgt. Hunter is in a very disagreeable dilemma due to a connection with an unclean female. If Hamilton thinks it appropriate, Hunter will be tried by a Court Martial for his misconduct.
November 9, 1796 Certificate of Thomas Smith Thomas Smith [not available] Smith verified his signature and seal, but stated he did not write the body of power of attorney document, nor is the information familiar to him.
December 1799 Proposed Revisions to Policies Regarding Courts Martial Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton believes that the Articles of War need to be completely overhauled, which would take some time, and suggests improvements for the interim. There should be greater clarity relating to the power to appoint a general courts martial, specifically giving the President discretionary authority to empower officers other than those designated by the Articles of War to declare a general courts...
July 16, 1799 Discusses Appropriate Carriage Types to Deliver Items Samuel Hodgdon James McHenry Reports that sea coast carriages are not made for the type of guns they need to carry. Lists prices for garrison carriages. Recommends common carriages as their workmen are more familiar with them. Lists items for delivery.
January 20, 1784 Concerning various pay issues Philip Audebert John Pierce From the Pay Office in Philadelphia, Audibert discusses various pay issues with the Paymaster General.
November 12, 1800 Results of court martial proceedings; discusses presidential order Samuel Dexter James Wilkinson Letter, discusses results of court martial proceedings; discusses presidential order. Captain John Bishop of 2nd Regiment Artillerists and Engineers and Lieutenant Stephen Simmons of cavalry are to be dismissed from service of United States.
September 17, 1799 Letter from the Accountant of the War Department William Simmons Caleb Swan Simmons forwards the proceedings of a court martial held at Fort Jay. A court martial to address various deserters was convened under the authority of Capt. James Read. This record was brought to Swan's attention to account for pay stoppages.
April 20, 1799 Proceedings of a General Court Martial Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton transmits the results of a General Court Martial, nothing that the punishments are mitigated in some cases by the fact that the United States is not officially at war.
May 27, 1799 Desertion Prevails to a Ruinous Extent Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton lists his four remedies to solve the problem of rampant desertions. He is particularly insistent that the President should support the courts as they sentence deserters to the most extreme forms of punishment.
May 18, 1799 Baltimore Declines McHenry's Plan of Funding, Asks for Officer to Re-Determine Estimate for Completion of Fort McHenry Robert Gilmor James McHenry Happily agrees with McHenry that the defense of Baltimore is of interest to both the government and the Baltimoreans, relating the ways in which Baltimore has always shown its support for the federal government, and expresses a wish that no unnecessary expense be paid for Baltimore's defense. Declines McHenry's proposal that the committee undertake Mr. Foncin's plan of defense with $10,000 more...
August 25, 1786 Regarding counterfeit certificates John Pierce John Sullivan The Commissioner of Army Accounts writes the President of New Hampshire on the subject of counterfeit certificates.
February 23, 1799 Interpretation of Articles Governing Courts Martial Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton provides a detailed interpretation of those parts of the the Articles of War that relate to those officers who have the authority to convene Courts Martial. He concludes that none but a general officer or his representative has this authority.
July 15, 1797 Decision of Court Martial Effects on Payment Nehemiah Freeman William Simmons The June pay roll for West Point included two soldiers who were past their service time, but who have been detained due to a court martial. The decision of the court martial was sent to the Secretary of War in May but there has been no reply. Freeman believes it is proper to pay them as they were detained as soldiers.
June 13, 1799 Legality of the Constitution of a Court Abraham R. Ellery [not available] Ellery reviews the requirements for those serving on General Courts-Martial. Only those officers of the highest rank are authorized to impose the sentence of death.
July 8, 1799 Principles Relative to Promotions Alexander Hamilton James McHenry McHenry discusses in detail the principles to be applied relative to promotions of officers. Generally, when there is a vacancy, the next officer in rank will fill it although there are exceptions in extraordinary cases. He emphasizes that it is the duty of all officers of the Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry to be familiar with the tactics of the other two corps.
June 8, 1796 Diplomatic relations between U.S. officers and the British at Canadian posts Timothy Pickering James McHenry Pickering stresses the need for officers to maintain moderate and friendly relations with the British as they and their detachments occupy the posts in Oswego and Niagara.
July 9, 1799 Secretary of the State's Opinion Regarding Presidential Power Over Officers' Commissions, Relative to the Court Martial of Richard Hunt Timothy Pickering James McHenry Pickering submits his observations concerning the question of presidential power in officer's commissions and of the propriety of Sgt. Richard Hunt's court martial. Believes that an officer's commission is evidence of appointment, rather than the substance of it, and that Hunt merits death because his desertion was exacerbated by fraud [stealing the company payroll with which he was entrusted].
January 28, 1796 Court Martial at West Point William Simmons James McHenry Discusses with the Secretary of War the sentence at a court martial for three men at the garrison at West Point, whereby they will be required to reimburse out of their pay for clothing and arms.