From Archibald Crary, 21 May 1799
Newport May 21st. 1799
Agreeable to directions from the Secretary of the war Department I herewith enclose a duplicate of a contract with Mr. John L Boss of this Town for the supply of rations of provisions that may be required in this State and am very happy that I have been able to effect it
at so low ⟨a pr⟩
Your obet. very humb Servt.
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing a contract between John L. Boss and James McHenry, May 21, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover of the letter from Archibald Crary, H wrote a draft of his reply: "Mr Brown will write a line acknowleging the receipt of this letter & will note the name of the Contractor—" Below this is written in Ethan Brown’s hand: "Acknowledged May 27th." Letter not found.