From James McHenry, 25 November 1799
War Department, November 25. 1799.
I enclose you an Extract of a letter from James Ryan dated Octr. 26. 1799—and Copy of a letter from Henry Piercy Capt: 8th. U.S. Regiment dated Novr. 7. 1799, that you may take such order relative thereto as you may think proper.
I am Sir, with respect, Your obedt. servant,
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). H’s note on the cover reads: "Has not the relative rank of the persons concerned been settled?" In the left margin there is an "X" mark beside the line beginning "James Ryan dated Octr...."