Hamilton's primary duties as Washington's executive officer were to organize the troops and prepare for war with France. He made numerous recommendations to Congress on how best to improve the military. The thought of leading his country to war as a great military commander excited him greatly. He was sadly disappointed when, in early 1799, President Adams sent a peace delegation to France that ended the undeclared hostilities between the two countries. In December of 1799, General Washington died. Hamilton had always admired Washington as a general, father figure, and friend, and the news of Washington's death stunned Hamilton. Without an enemy to fight or general to follow, Hamilton resigned his commission and returned to his law office in New York City. As a lawyer, Hamilton focused his attention on his wealthier clients, mostly because he needed to pay for his new house in Manhattan. By this time, Hamilton had two
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