To Horatio Dayton, 2 April 1799
New York April 2nd. 1799
I understand that major Hoops, pursuant to a permission from me, left this City yesterday for Philadelphia. In consequence of this, the Command of Fort Jay & its dependencies for the present devolves upon you as Senior Officer. When Major Hoops returns he will of course resume the command
With great consideration I am Sir Your obed Servnt
(Copy, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).