To Aaron Ogden, 4 December 1799
NY Decr. 4. 99
An investigation of the charges exhibited against Captain White resulted in a conviction that there had been no criminal or improper intention on the part of this officer, but, on the contrary, that what he did proceeded from a laudable zeal for the Service.
It appears to me I am of opinion however that his conduct was imprudent in as much as it furnished a pretext for accusation, and the example of a proceeding liable in it’s nature to abuse.
You will be pleased to inform Capt White
of ⟨—⟩ of the above—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).