To James Read, 1 March 1800
Feby. 28. March 1 1800.
I have received the inclosed letter from a J Valentine a private Soldier at Fort Jay. You will make enquiries as to the truth of its contents & report to me accordingly.
Captn. Eddins has
also recommended to me the discharge of J. M. Perrin a private Soldier in his Company, to which I shall have no objection provided Perrin procures an able substitute in his place.
with true consideration &—
(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).