To William S. Smith, 4 November 1799
N. York Novr. 4th 1799
Capt. Read has informed me that there are at Fort Jay 3 deserters belonging to
your the 12th regiment, viz. Wm. Hebron, Jas. Dando, & Dl. Crook. He has been directed to convey them to Elisabeth town by Thursday next when you will take care to have a proper guard ready to receive & convey them to camp, to be tried in the General Court martial lately ordered—
With great consideratn &
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).