To Adam Hoops, 15 May 1800
NY. May 15—1800
has represented states to me that it is impossible, at this season of the year, to furnish fresh beef to so small a body of ⟨m⟩ troops as those at West Point, without real loss, and requests that veal and mutton may be issued as a substitute. I have given my consent to the arrangement—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).