From James McHenry1
Trenton 6 [September]2 1798
My dear Hamilton.
The inclosures will explain to you, infinitely better than the longest letter I could write, the objects to which they refer. Do not I pray you, in writing or otherwise betray the confidence which has induced me to deal thus with you or make extracts or copies.
I hope you will acquiesce in the necessity which seems to govern, and save us from the confusion which may result from a different conduct.
Return the papers immediately.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ADfS, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see the introductory note to George Washington to H, July 14, 1798.
2. McHenry incorrectly dated this letter “6 Augt.”