To Margareta Hoffman, 6 January 1800
N.Y. Jany. 6th. 1800
I sympathise sincerely with you Madam in the very painful circumstance which has attended your son. But it is not in my power now to accept his resignation. All I can do is to accelerate the sitting of a Court Martial, so that there may be an issue to the affair. The absence of a Witness has hitherto delay; but as it does not appear proper to postpone the Trial indefinitely on this account, I have given directions that the trial be brought on without that witness, if his situation continues to obstruct his attendance
(Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).