To William North1
New York Sept. 26th. 1799
There is nothing to change or postpone the call for you to this City. Your presence is necessary. Several things wait for it. The whole machinery must be in motion. The disease here is wearing out and your Office is in a healthy part of the Town. But still I advise you to repair in the first instance to the encampment of the 12th. Regt. at West Chester and inform me of your being there. Do not tell my friends that I write to you from N. York.
Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.