To Joseph Cross, 2 January 
NY. Jan. 2. 1800
I have received your letter of the eighteenth of December with it’s enclosure.
As my name was endorsed on the letter which you return there could be no room for doubt with respect to it’s authenticity.
You will send a copy of your furlough
with immediately, and you will also inform me and as I am at a loss to know how you could have fallen into such a misconception, you will give an explanation of the matter— enter into a further explanation—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).