From James McHenry1
Trenton 5th Octbr. 1798
My dear Hamilton.
The sun begins to shine. I reced. this morning from the President a letter dated the 30th ulto. containing the following words.
Sir. Inclosed are the commissions for the three generals signed and all dated on the same day. I am Sir your ob sr
This is a Regal letter, and at the same time a loyal proceeding. Hasten the military regulations.2 I shall, I expect, soon call upon you. Burn this letter.
Alexr. Hamilton, Esq.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see the introductory note to George Washington to H, July 14, 1798.
3. On the envelope of this letter McHenry wrote: “To be opened only by Gen. Hamilton and the contents known only to himself.”