To Yelverton Peyton, 17 February 1800
N. York Feby. 17th. 1800
I am perfectly sensible of the hardship you complain of in your letter of the 4th. inst. in not having the accounts you have presented accepted by the accountant of the War Department. That Officer in refusing to pay them has been actuated by Genl. Principles, from which, altho’ it may be injurious to an individual, it would be dangerous to depart. Viewing the affair in this light it will not be correct for me to interfere
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note in H’s hand on the cover reads: "In a subsequent letter Payton says unless he receives his pay he could no longer remain in the service, upon which he was dismissed ⟨from the army ——⟩ to Major Cass. A H"