From James McHenry, 24 July 1799
War department 24. July 1799.
Inclosed is an extract of a letter from Lt. Colonel Hamtramck with copy of the arrest of Captain Britt to which it relates—I presume he has requested from you the necessary orders for the trial of this Officer—Lest however he may not, I have thought it proper make this communication.
I have the honor to be with great respect Your obed servant
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing an extract of John F. Hamtramck to McHenry, July 1, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); Hamtramck to Daniel Britt, May 14, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). H’s instructions on the cover of the LS from James McHenry read: "Write to Col Hamtramck that he as Commandr of the army is competent
to the orders of has the power of the to order Court Martial & to execute the sentences except in the instances which are referred to the President."