To James McHenry
Plainfield [New Jersey] May 22d. 1800
Your two letters of the 20th instant have come to hand.
The disbandment of the six additional troops of Cavalry has been announced in General Orders.1 The General and other Staff were not included in those Orders, not only because it might as conveniently be communicated by letter, but because it will be necessary that their power be considered as existing after the troops shall have quitted their ground, in order to complete the necessary arrangements.
With great respect I have the honor to be Sir yr. ob. servant
Secy. of War
LS, Adams Family Papers, deposited in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston; Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.