From James McHenry
War Department 18th March 1800
Mr. Chapin, Agent for Indian Affairs,1 has informed me, under date of 6th ulto, that “the Tuskarora Nation, residing near to Niagara, complain of Major Rivardi, (or his people under his command) of killing three of their Horses, & on finding proof to that effect he has refused to make them satisfaction.”2
This complaint is of a serious nature: you will be pleased to take such order upon it, as it may appear to you to require.
I have the Honour to be, Sir Your most obedt Servt.
Major Genl. A. Hamilton.
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Israel Chapin was United States Indian agent to the Six Nations.
2. James Bruff had made similar charges against Rivardi (Bruff to H, January 10, 1800 [listed in the appendix to this volume]).