To Joseph Elliott, 24 May 1799
New York May 24. 1799
I have heretofore written you several letters sometimes addressed to you by name and sometimes by the description of the Commanding Officer at Fort Mifflin to neither of which have I received any reply. I am of course altogether at a loss to account for this silence.
This will be delivered in a manner which will ascertain its delivery. You will reply to it by the bearer; explaining the cause of the past silence
with consideration I am Sir Your obed Servt.
(Copy, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).