Philadelphia 25 april 1796
Though a written answer to the Petitioners in favor of the insurgents not yet pardoned, has been thought proper, there is not the same riason for a written answer to be given to Daniel Hamilton; & circumstanced as he is, he does not deserve one. A verbal communication to any of his friends that may enquire of the matter, that he is not deemed a fit object of mercy while a fugitive from justice, is all that can be expected of government: In this way it has been mentioned by me on one occasion already.
Nothing stated by A. Brodie appears to be within the cognisance of the government of the United States; and consequently his applications will not admit of any Kind of notice. I have the honor to be most respectfully sir your most obedient Servant
DLC: Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion Collection.