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July 17, 1799 I have appointed as permanent secretary Thomas Y. Howe... Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton announces that he has appointed Thomas Howe as his permanent secretary and requests that he be made a second lieutenant so that he will be adequately compensated for his duties..
May 3, 1799 Power of President to Appoint Officers to Battalion Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton felt the president did not have the power to appoint officers, citing verbiage in law.
July 16, 1798 Hamilton's Appointment as Inspector General Timothy Pickering Alexander Hamilton Pickering expresses his approval of Hamilton's appointment as Inspector General.
October 27, 1799 Pay and Emoluments of the Secretary of the Inspector General Alexander Hamilton Caleb Swan "The Secretary of the Inspector General [Hamilton] is entitled to the pay and emoluments of a captain. The expression is general. It is not stated in the law whether the emoluments of a captain of cavalry or those of a captain of infantry shall be the rule of allowance. In a case of this kind the construction must be governed by the particular situation of the officer and the nature of the...
July 30, 1798 Duties of the Inspector General, Etc. Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton discusses the functions of the Inspector General, the contributions of General Knox, and his disgust with the policy of withholding emoluments from officers until they are on active service.
May 3, 1799 Opinion that the President Cannot Appoint Officers Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Expresses opinion that the President has no power to appoint officers to battalions. Distinguishes between filling a vacancy and appointment of a new office.
July 3, 1799 Appoinment as Secretary to the Inspector General Alexander Hamilton Thomas Y. Howe Hamilton offers Howe an appointment as his secretary and regrets that, although the pay and emoluments are those associated with the rank of Captain, the appointment does not confer that rank.
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...
December 16, 1798 No Public Service Without Adequate Compensation Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton expresses in the strongest terms his inability to serve as Inspector General without the compensation associated with that position.
March 21, 1800 Question Regarding Double Pay William Simmons James McHenry Simmons cited the Act of 3rd March 1799 meant to better organize the troops with an allowance for a Captain as secretary appointed by the Inspector General Hamilton. Hamilton appointed Thomas Howe and Simmons requested advice on how to pay Howe who held two titles.
May 3, 1799 Discusses Appointments, Power to Appoint by the President Alexander Hamilton James McHenry States belief that the President has no authority to appoint officers to the battalions.
January 9, 1799 Commencement of Pay & Emoluments James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry informs Hamilton that his pay and emoluments as Inspector General began on the first day of November, 1798.
April 16, 1799 Discussion of Roles of Purveyor, Quartermaster, Inspector James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Speaks of requests to the purveyor for military stores. Refers to different roles of purveyor, inspector general, quartermaster general, and deputies.
September 16, 1799 Instructions for the Paymaster General, Inspector General, and Comptroller James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Refers to express instructions for the Treasury and the paymaster general, including money advances and payment forms. Writes of efforts of Inspector General to muster the troops and the Comptroller to work with the paymaster general.
April 24, 1799 Certification of payment; Alexander Hamilton, Major General of the Army of the United States for pay, subsistence, forage and compensation as Inspector General Peter Hagner James McHenry Certification of payment; $839 to Alexander Hamilton, Major General of the Army of the United States for pay, subsistence, forage and compensation as Inspector General.
November 24, 1797 Autograph Letter Signed, William Simmons to James Wilkinson William Simmons James Wilkinson Letter, discusses pay & emolluments for Inspector.
July 16, 1798 Appointment as Inspector General Timothy Pickering Alexander Hamilton Pickering discusses the implications of Hamilton being appointed Inspector General which would place him in a position senior to General PInckney.
March 20, 1795 Request to appoint inspector to examine anchors Timothy Pickering Henry Jackson Timothy Pickering relays letter from Nathaniel Cushing, forwarded by Secretary of Treasury. Letter requests that an inspector be appointed to examine achors according to the terms of the contract, and asks that Jackson find a suitable person to do this business.
March 13, 1800 Proposed Inspector of Artillery Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton proposes that there should be an Inspector of Artillery for the two districts under his command with the same duties as the Inspector of Infantry.
February 14, 1800 Extra Labor to Assist Adjutant and Inspector General Samuel Dexter John Adams Mentioned "great inconveniences for want of a competent general staff". Requested additional labor to assist the Adjutant and Inspector General with their duties. Stated that the current Adjutant and Inspector General's can not be expected to perform all their tasks at their current pay grade.
July 16, 1798 His Services Ought to be Procured at Almost Any Price Timothy Pickering Alexander Hamilton Pickering quotes a letter from General Washington arguing that, despite the inevitable opposition of General Pinckney, Hamilton should be given the office of Inspector General.
September 2, 1799 Allowances of Rooms and Fuel to Officers Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton explains the allowances of rooms and fuel to officers of sundry ranks.
January 24, 1799 Proper Arrangements for the Command of the Military Force Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton provides the details of his plan to organize the [Eventual] Army with himself, as Inspector General, superintending the whole.
October 19, 1798 Receipt of Commission as Inspector and Major General Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Receipt and acceptance of commission as Inspector and Major General, Hamilton planned to visit McHenry in November. Acknowledged letter from McHenry and planned to confer with Maj. Hoops and Col. Stevens on the status of the fortification of the harbor.
October 14, 1798 Acknowledgement of Receipt of Commission as Major General Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Acknowledges receipt of commission as inspector and major general; states that he will defer his journey until late October, so as to arrive [presumably at Philadelphia] around November 1. Observes with satisfaction the relative rank of the major generals, and promises to send a response to an inquiry of McHenry's after consultation with other officers.