To James McHenry
New York April 10th. 1799
As it will require time to form contracts where there are none already existing, I submit that it will be expedient, in such cases, to advance money to some person, to procure them by purchases on account of the Government; Where there is no Agent preferred by you the Regimental Quarter Master Naturally presents himself, as the person to whom the service may be Committed. New Jersey and Connecticut claim in this respect immediate attention.
With great respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr most obt. Servt.
Secretary at War
Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.