To James McHenry
[New York, January 15, 1799]
I find I cannot have ready for this days post the bill for the Provisional army.1 Inclosed are some additional clauses relating to organisation consequently to be inserted in the Bill sent by yesterdays post. You will easily determine their proper position there. They are necessary to systematic propriety. General provisions of this kind will prevent continual repetitions in every new law respecting the military force.
With esteem & regard Yr. Obed servt.
Js Mc.Henry Esq
ALS, Montague Collection, MS Division, New York Public Library; ALS (photostat), James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress; copy, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.