To James Stille
New York July 7. 1800
I have received your letter of the 4th instant, and shall with pleasure give you my advice, for as such only it must be regarded, since I consider my military functions as having ceased. It appears to me to be an adviseable step for you to liberate those Citizens who surrendered to and are now under your custody, sending their names with the proper charges against them to the district Attorney Mr Harrison1 of this City. As it is probable that some civil process may take place against those of your Soldiers who were engaged in this affair, it will be requisite that you should have it properly answered and attended to, and that in this, as well as in other cases which may occur, you will be particularly cautious, for the honor of the Service, that due respect may be paid to the civil authority.
with true consideration
Capt J. Stille
Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Richard Harison was United States attorney for the District of New York.