To William S. Smith, 9 November 1799
N York Nor. 9th. 1799
I send you a letter from Colonel Taylor and an arrangement which he proposes. The grounds, as stated in his letter, of this arrangement do not strike my fancy. The spirit seems to be too much that which almost ruined our revolutionary army in the outset.
Do me the favor to remark the individuals who are with you and send me as soon as possible a brief comment on each as officer and Gentleman
Ys with regard
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).