To John Henry, 5 June 1799
New York June 5th. 1799
Presuming that the fact of Intoxication alledged by the five inclosed depositions must be well founded, it is incumbent
to on me to direct that Joseph Forrest be discharged. At the same time, ⟨as that⟩ an enlistment under such circumstances is expressly contrary to the recruiting instructions & equally against the fair policy which the interest as well as the Justice of the Govermnent requires—I must require now desire that a very particular inquiry and report how so irregular a proceeding has taken place, may be had and made
With great consideration &c—
(Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).