From William S. Smith
Union Brigade [Scotch Plains, New Jersey] March 17, 1800. “Not thinking it prudent to leave the sons of St. Patrick to frolick without my superintendance in Camp, I have declined the invitation from the Inhabitants of New Ark, to spend this day there. Our Camp is in mirth but not improperly. It is now 3. oClock, & St. Patricks most Zealous sons, are pretty tranquil. Enclosed are some communications relative to Capt. Courtlandt and Lt Livingston, when they visited Elizabeth Town—which are respectfully submitted.”1
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Elias B. Dayton to Smith, March 13, 1800; Philip Cortlandt to Smith, March 15, 17, 1800 (all ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). These letters describe the dispute between Cortlandt and Robert LeRoy Livingston on the one hand and citizens of Elizabethtown on the other. See H to Smith, February 21, 1800 (listed in the appendix to this volume); Smith to H, March 5, 1800.