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1799

May 18, 1799
"Nothing is more necessary than to stimulate the vanity of soldiers. To this end a smart dress is essential. When not attended to, the soldier is exposed to ridicule and humiliation. If the articles promised to him are defective in quality or appearance, he becomes dissatisfied; and the necessity of excusing the public delinquency towards them is a serious bar to the enforcement of discipline."

Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, May 18, 1799, on preparing the U.S. Army for possible hostilities in the Quasi-War with France
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