From Robert LeRoy Livingston, 7 August 1799
New York August. 7th. 1799—
In the heat of Anger I prefered a complaint to Lieut. Coln. Smith against Lieut. Hoffman on account of the purloining a bank bill of ten Dollars as having done it with a view to defraud, on cooler consideration of the Matter and from the former Intimacy that has subsisted between us during all which time I had no reason to suspect his honor in any point whatever I am inclined to look on it as an intended Joke to exculpate Lieut. Hoffman as to any Criminal intention in the business—
And I have now taken the Liberty of addressing you on the subject with a View to do away as much as possible the Charge made and the ill impression that unfortunately might be made by that Letter—
Sir I have the Honor to be Your most Obedient Servt.
R. L. R. Livingston Lieut
12th. Regt. Infy
NB. I called on You personally but had not the pleasure to find you in—
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).