To Francis Dana
West Point, August 10, 1779.
The last post brought me your letter of the 25th of July, which I transmitted to Colonel Brooks,1 accompanied by some inquiries that appeared to me necessary. A copy of my letter to him, and of his answer,2 are enclosed. You will see that he insists positively on your having made the offensive observation before imputed to you; adds several aggravating particulars to his first relation; and appeals to two other gentlemen who were present, and agree with him in all the circumstances. The affair now stands on such a footing, that nothing less than a peremptory denial of the exceptionable facts alleged by Colonel Brooks, will permit me to act otherwise than on the presumption of their reality. I have written to Doctor ******3 by this opportunity.
I have the honour to be, Sir, your most ob’t. servant,
Francis Dana, Esq.
Hawks, The Official and Other Papers of Alexander Hamilton description begins Francis L. Hawks, The Official and Other Papers of the Late Major-General Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1842). description ends , 342–43.