To John McClallen, 22 May 1799
New York May 22. 1799
I have heretofore verbally informed
that you that you are to proceed on the Recruiting service. The Counties of Albany, Saratoga & Rensselaer within this state are to be the scenes of your operations; the town of Albany your rendezvous. Inclosed are the instructions by which you are to govern yourself.
I have written to the Secy of War requesting that he will cause to be transmitted to
Col Stevens this City for your the necessary supply of money Cloathing and other Articles for a Company. The moment they shall be received you will begin your operations—
Till further order you will enlist none but natives of the U States—You will
make take with the Contractor, whose agent in this city is Mr. Richards—the requisite arrangement for supplying your recruits with provisions &c—
With consideratn I am Sir Yr Obed Ser
(ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).