To James McHenry, 21 June 1799
New-York June 21st. 1799
I have been honoured with your letter of the 19th. inst. relating to Dr. Coffin.
It will I imagine be impracticable to obtain a person temporarily for so remote a destination. Doctor Coffin suggests that he can make an Arrangement; And as no additional expence Should accrue from the personal accommodation of Doctor Coffin—if I hear nothing from you to the contrary I will authorise Major Rivardi to grant him a furlough on condition that a Competent Arrangement is made free from expence to the public
With great respect &c
(Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).