From James McHenry, 29 May 1799
War department May 29. 1799
Captain Joseph Brock of the 4. regiment of Infantry who is now recruiting at Fredericksburg has written to me for a supply of Clothing arms and accoutrements.
Previously to my taking order thereon I request you would inform me whether it is your intention to continue Mr Brock on the recruiting service or to order him with his recruits to join his regiment in Tennessee—
I am Sir with respect Your obedient Servant.
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "I think it is as well for Capt Brock to continue recruiting. There is nothing that renders his march to Tenessee immediately urgent. This season allows abundant time & the longer he contin⟨ues the⟩ more men he can take with him