To Peter Shoemaker, 12 November 1799
Nor. 12th. 99 N York
You will take up your march as soon as possible for Fort Fayette. I am anxious that you should reach that place this Winter provided you can do it without
a injury to your men. If you find the thing impracticable you will take up your quarters in the town of Bedford where you will find an agent of the Contractor. With him you will make the necessary arrangements informing me what you shall have done and proceeding as early as possible in the spring to your destination
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Thomas Y. How, and H, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).