To James McHenry
N Y. May 18. 1800
I have received your letter of the sixteenth instant, and shall take immediate measures for giving effect to the directions of the President.
Nothing is said in the directions relative to the six troops of Light Dragoons.1 I mention this least there should have been some unintentional omissions. If it be so it is proper that I should receive immediate information.
S of War
Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. These troops had been authorized by “An Act to augment the Army of the United States, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 604–05 [July 16, 1798]). See the introductory to H to James Gunn, December 22, 1798.