The army was to guard against invasion from France. George Washington in the American Revolution. Inspector General of the United States Army — Hamilton and the Federalists wished for more trade with Britain, the new nation's largest trading partner. His mission a failure, he returned to the United States in January In accordance with the second of the aforementioned plans, and a recent personal rift with Adams, :
In the same month, Congress passed a new measure for a twenty-five-year impost—which Hamilton voted against  —that again required the consent of all the states; it also approved a commutation of the officers' pensions to five years of full pay.
The common practice in the day was for the wronged husband to seek retribution in a pistol duelbut Reynolds, realizing how much Hamilton had to lose if his activity came into public view, insisted on monetary compensation instead. The potential of the capital not being moved to the Potomac if the bank was to have a firm establishment in Philadelphia the current capital of the United States was a more significant reason, and actions that Pennsylvania members of Congress took to keep the capital there made both men anxious. In the election ofunder the Constitution as it stood then, each of the presidential electors had two votes, which they were to cast for different men. Columbia Law Review citing 2 Annals of Cong. In the summer ofhe was assigned as assistant chief of staff for operations on the staff of the 1st Division. Retrieved 11 July In the s and s he generally opposed pro-slavery southern interests, which he saw as hypocritical to the values of the American Revolution.