To James McHenry, 18 March 1799
New York March 18th. 1799
If my memoranda be right I sent Wilkinsons letter, by duplicates through you. If so I presume it is not necessary for the certainty of conveyance to send a triplicate. If I am mistaken in the first idea, or if any thing more is requisite, be good enough to say—If otherwise no reply
It is very extraordinary that I receive no acknowlegement of my letters from the commandant at Fort Mifflin (Elliot I believe) Duplicates went through you. Can you inform me? Has not this officer too strong a love of Independence?
Mr. Tracy seems to have understood you that it was left to my discretion to begin the business of recruiting whenever I thought proper—I have not so understood the matter—If this be your idea be so good as to express it
(ALS, The Sol Feinstone Collection, Library of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia; ALS [photostat], James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).