To William S. Smith, 21 February 1800
New York February 21. 1800
I p⟨er⟩ceive by the public prints that
⟨—⟩ a disturbance of an unpl⟨ea⟩sant tendency has taken place between two Officers ⟨of⟩ your regiment and the inhabitants of Elizabeth Town. ⟨I re⟩quest you to investigate minutely into this affair & report to me accordingly
with true consideration &c
(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).