To James McHenry
New York March 3. 1800
I am told, though I really have not seen the law, that one has passed suspending the Recruiting Service for the Twelve Additional Regiments.1 You are aware that an instruction from your Department ought to precede my agency upon that law.
The Secy of War
ALS, Columbia University Libraries; ALS (photostat), James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress; copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. “An Act to suspend in part, an act, intituled ‘An act to augment the Army of the United States; and for other purposes’” (2 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 7 [February 20, 1800]). McHenry had already informed H of the passage of this law. See McHenry to H, February 18, 1800.