To James Read, 21 April 1800
NY. April 21st. 1800
It has been communicated to me that Lieutenant Ross remains in this city,
while there is no officer to take charge and is not in charge of that part of Captain McClellen’s company which is at Ellis’s island—I would thank you to mention to me ⟨—⟩ how the fact is, and what the thing has proceeded from
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).