From Nehemiah Freeman, 23 September 1799
Fort Jay, September 23, 1799
I have the honour to acknowledge the receit of orders, received this day from you, on the subject of two men, who have been sick of the yellow fever at the powder magazine. I deem it very unfortunate that at the moment, in which I have been anxious to show my attention to duty and respect to humanity, any circumstance could have taken place, that would tend to ⟨an⟩ impediment in either. I have requested Doctor Jones, the attending surgeon at this garrison, to render immediately any aid that necessity may require, to explain to you the steps which have been taken in the business, and to receive from you those orders, to which in my agency he may have objected.
Its my wish to be unequivocally attentive to my duty; and, especially, to render prompt obedience to the orders of General Hamilton.
With perfect respect, I am Sir, Your most obedient humble servant
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).