From James McHenry, 12 August 1799
War department August 12th. 1799
I have directed one Sergeant and twenty privates Suits of Infantry Clothing to be forwarded to the address of Captain Staats Morris.
If you will direct him to send me a Return of the number and kind of the Articles of Clothing sufficient for his Company during the Winter I will take measures for furnishing him with a supply—Request him to inform you whether there are Taylors sufficient in his Company to make the Coats and who would do so provided they received a small compensation for their work, and the amount of compensation for each Coat—
I am Sir with great respect Your obedt servant
Major General Hamilton New York
(LS, New-York Historical Society, New York City). On the verso there are instructions to Ebenezer Stevens written by H that read: “Col Stevens will write for the return & information desired in the within letter & will transport both to the Department of War. A Hamilton.”