Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Henry, 5 June 1799

To John Henry, 5 June 1799

New York June 5th. 1799


Presuming that the fact of Intoxication alledged by the five inclosed depositions must be well founded, it is incumbent to on me to direct that Joseph Forrest be discharged. At the same time, ⟨as that⟩ an enlistment under such circumstances is expressly contrary to the recruiting instructions & equally against the fair policy which the interest as well as the Justice of the Govermnent requires—I must require now desire that a very particular inquiry and report how so irregular a proceeding has taken place, may be had and made

With great consideration &c—

Capt Henry of the 2d. Regt. Artillerists

(Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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