To John Neilson, 14 September 1799
N. York Sept. 14th. ‘99
Your letter inclosing your charge for Services as Surgeon’s mate at fort Jay I have received and return the Acct. with my sanction endorsed.
It is an invariable rule with regard to the Article of fuel that when
⟨—⟩ none is drawn no after compensation is to be made—
grea consideration &c
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).