To Ebenezer Stevens, 11 August 1799
New York Aug 11. 1799
I request you immediately to purchase for public account three horses which are destined for the use of some officers intended to be sent to Niagara. It is wished that it may be done without delay. It is not necessary to procure fine horses but good serviceable ones adequate to the journey & which may be afterwards sold without material loss
With great considn I am Sir Your Obed Sr
(ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City; copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).