From John Jay1
Albany 25 Jany. 1799
I have hitherto postponed making any Communications to our Legislature on the Subject of fortifying the Port of New York, in Expectation of receiving the Result of your proceedings relative to that object. Be pleased to inform me when I may expect it. Since your letter to me of the 19th. of November last, & which I answered on the 26th. of that month, none from you on the Subject in question have reached me. It being possible that the answer alluded to may have miscarried, I subjoin a copy2 of it.
With great Respect & Esteem I am Dr. Sir your most obt. Servt
P.S. I do not recollect that any subsequent Letter from you, mentions your having recd. mine of the 24 Octr. and 5 Novr. last.
Major General Hamilton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Dr. Frank Monaghan, Washington, D.C.
1. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to H to James McHenry, June 1, 1798.
2. Jay wrote the copy of his letter of November 26, 1798, at the bottom of the letter printed above. Jay mistakenly dated the copy 1799 rather than 1798.