From Staats Morris, 25 January 1800
Fort McHenry 25 Januy 1800
Within a short period I applied to the Secy. of War for a new barge for the use of this Garrison, the old one having gone so far to decay, as no longer to be fit for use—He directed that I should state the necessity of one to you, which I have the honor of doing at this time, & am with the highest respect and regard Sir Your Obedt. Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote the following note and a draft of his reply: "Barge ☞. Procure one confining to the absolute necessary."