To William C. C. Claiborne, 3 January 1800
N York Jan. 3rd. 1800
I have received your letter of the twenty third of December.
There being precedents of exchanges under circumstances similar to those stated in your letter I am happy in having it in my power to
direct, promote, the measure which you request. The necessary instructions have communication has been sent made to General Pinckney who will doubtless see that the exchange takes place Give effect to the exchange—
With Great consn
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).