From James McHenry, second letter of 22 February 1799
War Department 22d. February 1799—
The enclosed papers, are transmitted, and submitted to your consideration, that you may take, such immediate order, on the subject of them, as it shall appear to you, to demand.
No. 1—A copy of a Letter, from the Accountant of the War Department, dated the 20th. instant stating, that he had been insulted, by Samuel C Vance, Captain in the 3d. United States regiment, while in the execution of the duties of his Office.
No. 2—A Copy of a Letter of the same date, from the Secretary, to Captain Vance, desiring him, to continue in the City of Philadelphia, and consider himself in arrest, untill your pleasure is known.
No. 3—The charge, and specification, by the Accountant, against Captain Vance, with certain documents to substantiate the same.
No. 4—Copy of a Letter from Captain Vance acknowleging the arrest, and requesting that the charge against him, with its specification, may be exhibitted, and his trial speedily ordered.
I am Sir with great respect your obedient servant
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LS, letterpress copy, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing William Simmons to McHenry, February 20, 21, 1799 (copies, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); McHenry to Samuel Vance, February 20, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); Vance to McHenry, February 21, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); four statements by clerks in the accounting office of the War Department, February 20, 1799 (copies, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); statement by John Knight, February 21, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). An endorsement on the cover of the LS from James McHenry to Hamilton reads: "Ansd—"