To James McHenry, 23 October 1799
N. York Oct. 23d. 1799
In the creation of new Corps some irregular expences will happen. That which is the subject of the inclosed extract of a letter from Col: Bentley is an example. You will observe the impression which has been excited. The character of Col: Bentley induces attention to his feelings. In cases of a similar kind the dissatisfaction arising from a strict
⟨—⟩ adherence to rule may be more important than the trifling addition of expence. May it not be expedient to let the expence in such instances fall upon the public; telling the parties that any unauthorised expenditures must be at their private Cost? I request a speedy answer
With great respe⟨ct⟩ &—
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).