To James McHenry, 6 March 1800
N York March 6. 1800.
I enclose some letters in recommendation of Mr. Van Renselaer as a Lieutenant in the corps of Artillerists & Engineers—You will perceive that the letters come from persons of respectability—By what I have learnt in other modes the young Gentleman is
perfectly probably worthy of the post which he sollicits.
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).