From James McHenry
[Philadelphia] 29 April 1799
Has it struck you, that it will be proper, notwithstanding the Commander in chief of the army has formally declined taking any agency or responsibility in its affairs until a certain state of things shall occur,1 for you to correspond with him, as the Chief, and give him such information from time to time relative to your comand as will enable him when he may enter upon actual service to exercise his functions with promptitude and a knowledge of previous arrangements and circumstances?
If you have not adverted to this idea, will you turn it in your mind and do what may be proper?
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ADf, dated April 28, 1799, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.