From Benjamin Stoddert1
Navy Depart. 25. August 1800.
I am honored with your letter of the 18,2 enclosing papers respecting the conduct of Capt Perry, towards the Danish schooner, William & Mary.
The Gentlemen at whose request you transmitted me these papers, may be assured that a strict scrutiny shall be made into this affair—& that no proper step shall be omitted to vindicate the Character of Capt Perry, if innocent, or to punish him, if guilty.
I have the honor to be with great respect & esteem sr Yr. Most Obed. Serv.
General Hamilton. New York.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LC, RG 45, Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, Miscellaneous Letters Sent by the Secretary of the Navy, Bound Volumes, National Archives.
2. Letter not found.