To John Ripley, 18 December 1799
Phia. Der. 18—99
I have received your letter of the eighth instant.
You have put an
improper erroneous construction upon my words in supposing them intended to convey censure on your conduct.
My design I can assure you was simply to point out the proper channel of communication—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).