To James Read, 29 July 1799
N. York July 29th. 1799
I have heretofore directed that the Troops at Fort Jay might encamp as soon as tents could be furnished: General Stevens tells me he is now prepared with tents you will cause a return to be made to him for the requisite number and when obtained you will have the Troops encamped. This will finally conduce to their health.
With consideration I am Sir
(Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).