From Staats Morris, 12 June 1799
Fort McHenry June 12th 1799
I had the honor of receiving your letter of the 4th Inst. directing me to furnish a guard to the Ship yards at Baltimore. In my absence the Chairman of the Committee charged with superintending the building the Ships of War, called on the Officer of Marines, who has furnished the guard from his recruits. As they are on the spot and have no other duty, and as it would diminish the fatigue on our works to furnish it from this post, I presume Sir, it would meet your approbation to let them continue.
Enclosed I transmit a return of my command. The Clothing has not yet been forwarded. with great respect I have the honor to be Sir Your Obedt. Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "I am
content well satisfied with the continuance of the arrangement he mentions but he will understand that he is to furnish the guard if hereafter the interruption of that arrangement shall render it necessary."