From Joseph Elliott, 10 June 1799
Philadelphia, June 10, 1799
When on the campaign I received a Letter from you desiring to know the reason the returns of Fort Mifflin had not been forwarded on. shortly to my marching I got your orders to make out and send the return. at that time I was a draughting cannon for the Sectry. which could not be laid aside. immediately as they were finished I began the returns and compleated one. the other was but begun. I then received orders to march and it was out of my power to make it at that time. for I again was ordered to draught which detained me one day longer from marching. as the command devolved on Capt. Massey I gave him the return that was finished and the other that was only begun. I requested of him to finish the one and send them on to you. which I thought had been done untill I received your letter and I suppose it would but his illness prevented it.
Sir I am with respect your humble Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).