To William S. Smith, 30 January 1800
Albany Jany. 30th. 1800
The enclosed papers speak, at large, the Offence with which Captain Kirkland is charged—
It is my expectation that that Officer will immediately repair to the County where he is stated to have been arrested, and deliver himself up to the civil Authority, or make such an arrangement with his adversary as is consistent with the laws of the County, which (according to the enclosed testimony) he has infringed.
With great consideration &
(Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing affidavit of Joseph Jessup, January 27, 1800 (DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); affidavit of Chauncey Gridley, January 22, 1800 (ADS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).