To James McHenry
New York, December 3, 1799. “… In conformity with your letter of the 25th of November I have written to Colonel Hamtramck1 requesting him to point out the individual officers whose ignorance is so strongly spoken of in his letter of the 5th of October. The remark of the Colonel did not appear to me to be directed particularly against late appointments but to embrace all appointments for the western army whether of ancient or recent date.…”
Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.