From James McHenry
20th. May 1800.
The six additional troops of Cavalry1 are certainly intended by the Law, transmitted to you,2 to be disbanded, as well as the twelve additional regiments of Infantry, and would have been mentioned in my letter of instructions, had the Law itself been before me—but the certified copy thereof, was sent, to have a few printed copies struck off.
You will please include in the orders,3 and measures, you shall give and take the whole of the officers and men, included in the purview of the Law.
I am Sir with great respect your obedient servant
Major General Alexander Hamilton.
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.