To Benjamin Stoddert, 2 June 1800
N York June 2nd. 1800
The enclosed letter is from certain prisoners of war who have omitted to mention to me the place where they are confined. I presume they are naval prisoners. As the
honor character of the U States is concerned in the affair which is the subject of the letter I send it to you that you may do in it the case whatever shall appear to you proper—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).