To James Read, 18 April 1800
New York April 18. 1800
I send you the inclosed letter from Serjeant Brinson, you will enquire into the truth of his Statement and report to me accordingly. At the same time admonish him of the impropriety of addressing himself to me, previous to his having applied to the Commanding officer of the post at which he is stationed, and justice having been refused
with true consideration
(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).