To James McHenry, 25 November 1799
N.Y. Nov. 25th 1799
You have been apprised of the very ⟨s⟩erious charges which were preferred by Capt. ⟨B⟩ruff against Major Rivardi. They were of a nature to render an inquiry indispensable. There did not exist at Niagara nor could be spared from any of the Posts nearer than D’Etroit a sufficient number of Officers to form the Court, and there might have been some difficulty as to adequate intelligence and impartiality. The accusations affecting the honor of a Field Officer, particular care appeared to me
to be due to him and to the Service—Hence I concluded to detach for the purpose Major Hoops & Capt. Stille of the Corps of Artillerists, who, together with an Officer on the Spot, might constituted the Court.
A question respecting indemnification for their Expences occurs which, as an extraordinary case in som⟨e⟩ respects is submitted to your Judgme⟨nt⟩ upon a certificate annexed to the Acco⟨—⟩ This, and the vouchers in support of it are herewith transmitted—
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing certificate of the expenses of Adam Hoops and James Stille, November 25, 1799 (ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).