From Constant Freeman, 3 May 1799
Philadelphia, 3d. May 1799.
The Secretary of War has informed me that in the disposition which has been made of the troops I am to be posted to the Southward; and he has ordered me to repair to the Head Quarters of General Pinckney. I will be in readiness to obey his orders so soon as a packet shall sail for Charleston.
If Sir, you should have any commands I shall be happy to receive them. It is by the directions of the Secretary I make this communication.
I have the honor to be with great respect, Sir, Your obedient & humble servant;
Majr. 1st. Regt. Ary. & Engrs.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "Acknowlege receipt—If I can prepare certain dispatches which I intend for Major General G P in time, I shall be glad to charge him with them—Should there be an opportunity at some days since he will inform me—"