TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.12.084
Alexander Hamilton. Letter: Philadelphia, to George Washington,
1783 April 09. 2 p.
Philadelphia April 9th. 1783
[inserted - different hand: Washington]
Congress having appointed a Committee consisting of Messrs
Maddison, Osgood, Wilson, Elsworth & myself to consider
what arrangements it will be proper to adopt in the different
departments with reference to a peace; I am directed by the
Committee to address your Excellency on the subject of the
The Committee wish your Excellencys sentiments at large on
such institutions of every kind for the interior defence of
these States as may be best adopted to [struck: the] [inserted:
their] circumstances, and conciliate security with conomy
and with the principles of our Governments: In this they will
be glad you will take as great latitude as you may think necessary;
and Will therefore assist entering into any details.
The Committee apprehend it to be the intention of Congress
to lay down a general plan, to be carried into execution as
circumstances will permit; and that in attending to such dispositions
as the immediate situation of the Country may  require,
they are chiefly desireous of establishing good principles,
that will have a permanent salutary operation.
I have the honor to be