From James McHenry, 1 November 1799
War department 1. November 1799—
The enclosed paper has been just handed to me by Governor Howell with a request that it might be forwarded to the persons who would settle the relative rank of the Officers of the eleventh regiment, it being supposed neces⟨sary⟩ in order to determine the rank of Captains Brooks and Faulkner—Should you think it proper, you will transmit it accordingly—
I have the honor to be with great respect Your obed. Servant
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LS, letterpress copy, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing minutes of a meeting at Trenton, New Jersey, October 30, 1799 (copy, in the handwriting of Richard Howell, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "Inform that the relative rank has been settled," followed by the instruction: "Examine."