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The Works of Alexander Hamilton (v. 9)

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Pages: 322

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Alexander Hamilton

Excerpt from book: should beg leave to recommend to your notice, as far as a captain-lieutenancy, Mr. Thompson. Mr. Bean is so incurably addicted to a certain failing, that I cannot, in justice, give my opinion in favor of his preferment. But if you should determine to resign the company, as I expect you will, considering it as an extraordinary burthen without affording any special advantages, the Continent will readily take it off your hands so soon as you shall intimate your design to relinquish it. I doubt not you will see the propriety of speedily deciding on the matter, which the good of the service requires. TO GOUVERNEUR MORRIS, ROBERT LIVINGSTON, AND WILLIAM ALLISON, ESQS.1 March 20, 1777. Gentlemen : With cheerfulness I embrace the proposal of corresponding with your convention through you, and shall from time to time, as far as my leisure will permit and my duty warrant, communicate such transactions as shall happen, such pieces of intelligence as shall be received, and such comments upon them as shall appear necessary to convey a true idea of what is going on in the military line. Let me caution you, however, that whatever opinions I shall give in the course of our correspondence are to be considered merely as my private sentiments, and are never to be interpreted as an echo of those of theGeneral: since they will not be really so, and a construction of the kind may lead into errors and be productive of inconveniences. 1 These gentlemen formed a committee of the New York Convention. The present season affords nothing of importance. There are, daily, little skirmishes arising from attempts of the enemy to forage: but which, though generally favorable to us, are attended with consequences so trifling and insignificant as to be scarcely worth mentioning. They are, indeed, o...  


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