To James Triplett, 30 August 1799
New York August 30. 1799
I have received your letter of the nineteenth of this month.
It is a delicate point
to determine, in a case of this nature how far to give credit to the testimony of a non commissioned against a commissioned officer is entitled to credit—It will be of importance to know whether the money has been applied to any particular purpose proper object— how the money may have been disposed of by Major Rivardi and particularly whether ⟨—⟩ has been applied to its proper object. I would thank you therefore for any information on this subject which you may be able to collect—
With great consideration I am, Sir &c: &c:
(Df, in the handwriting of H and Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).