From James Wood
In Council 10th. August 1793.
I do myself the honor of enclosing the Copy of a letter from John Hamilton, esqr. British Consul at Norfolk. The communications contained in Mr. Hamilton’s letter have been transmitted by direction of the Executive, to the Commandants of the Militia of the Borough of Norfolk, and the Counties of Nansemond and Norfolk. I have the honor to be, with sentiments of respect and esteem, &c.
FC (Vi: Executive Letterbook); at head of text: “To the Secretary of State.” Recorded in SJL as received 17 Aug. 1793. Enclosure: Hamilton to the Governor of Virginia, 8 Aug. 1793, communicating information he has received that Captain John Cooper of Suffolk is about to sail with a ship carrying eighteen guns fitted out there along with a smaller vessel as a tender, which he regards as a direct violation of the Proclamation of Neutrality, so that the governor can act to prevent any infringement of neutrality that might ensue (printed in CVSP, vi description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 475).
Wood’s circular letter to the commandants of the Militia in the relevant jurisdictions was also dated 10 Aug. 1793 (Vi: Executive Letterbook).