From James McHenry
War Department, January 29, 1799. “Until your instructions can be made out defining the extent of your Command you will be pleased to require the proper reports to be made to you by the Garrisons at New York and West point and to exercise such superintendance over the same as may consert with military rules and usage and to make from time to time the necessary communications to this department.…”1
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. On verso H wrote: “Acknowlege Receipt. I shall immediately proceed in the execution of the duty which it assigns me.…” Letter not found. H also endorsed this letter: “Inclosed are papers respecting Doct [Samuel] Osborne.” Osborne was a surgeon’s mate in the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers.