From Henry W. Ludlow, 27 November 1799
New York, Novr. 27th. 1799
I this morning had the honor of Receiving from you a list of Musical Instruments intended for a Regiment—Your Excellency must have observed that my Orders from Coln. Smith Direct me to request from the Major General, an order to procure the Instruments and to convey them to the Regiments. Should your Excellency think Proper to give such an order I shall procure the Instruments this afternoon and proceed with them in the Morning to Camp
I have the honor to be Sir With Great Respect Your very Hble. Servt.
Henry W Ludlow
Lt. 12th. Regt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). H’s note on the cover reads: "Inform him that as yet I have no authority to direct the instruments in question to be provided." There is an "X" mark in the left margin beside the line in the first paragraph beginning "Proper to give such an order...."