From John McClallen, 24 February 1800
Albany 24th February 1800
Yours dated “Albany 10th February” came to hand this morning.
I have conformed to yours orders, by dismissing Seymour Swan, and have in part anticipated them respecting the marching of my Men.
I think in my conversation respecting the Men, you directed me to send the greater part of them down under the charge of my Non Commissioned Officers who I mentioned were trusty, but I begged your indulgence to delay their marching untill they had received their pay, which came to hand just after your departure from this place.
On wednesday last I sent 17 Recruits and 2 Serjeants to New York. I advised the adjutant General of their marching and inclosed the proper return to Lieut: Hosack who has the charge of my Company.
I have still 4 Men with me for the purpose of continuing the recruiting service; but as I have mistaken your intention in not marching with my Men, I hope the error which I have fallen into may be remedied by receiving your orders to join the Company with the Men I have here. I assure you my firm belief was that you intended I should remain here untill I had completed my Company
I have the Honor to be Sir Your Obt Servant
Jno McClallen Capt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark in the left margin beside the line in the fifth paragraph beginning "that you intended I should remain...."