From James McHenry, 9 November 1799
War Department 9th. November 1799
Mr Setgreaves of Easton has stated in a letter received since my arrival in Town, but which is mislaid, that he understands Captain Shoemaker is under marching orders; that he has advised a temporary suspension of his march, with a view to his being directed to remain; that the keeping a Company in that station would be desireable on many accounts, that the Inhabitants would prefer Shoemakers Company, because of their exemplary behaviour &c.
You will be pleased to take the application into consideration, and direct as you shall think proper.
I am with great respect, Sir, Your most obedient Servt.
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "Inform the Secy that not being myself convinced of the Utility of the detention I have repeated the order to march for Fort Fayette—Do so—" Below this in a different hand is written the word "Bedford."