To James McHenry, 24 May 1799
New York May 24. 1799
A press of business has
⟨—⟩ diverted my attention from measures to ⟨for⟩ convey ⟨—⟩ Capt Freyes company of Artillerists to Charles Town. On resuming the subject it strikes me that there ought to be an armed vessel of the Government to transport them; since doubtless on account of the very great distance they ought to go by water: And if so sent and if an accident should happen by the intervention of a French Privateer the charge of improvidence and mismanagement would be loud and impressive. I shall want your answer to the suggestion before I take any further step—
With great respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr Obed Ser
PS After ⟨perusing⟩ the inclosed you will please to seal & forward it—
(ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).