To Joseph Brock, 2 November 1799
NY. Nor. 2nd. 99
You will be pleased, immediately upon the receipt of this letter, to apply to the contractor to procure the necessary ground for hutting the troops under your command. As soon as this shall be done you will lose no time in proceeding to the ground and
to ⟨bring⟩ putting the men under cover.
An earlier attention to the subject has been prevented by
the a ⟨defect⟩ want the delay of arrangements which did not depend upon me.
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).