To James Read, 19 March 1800
New York March 19. 1800
I shall defer settling the relative Rank of the Captains only, untill all the officers of your Regiment can be included in the arrangement,
I wish you to state to me for effecting which, I request ⟨————⟩ your opinion as to the merit of the different officers and that you would at the same time ⟨state⟩ the particular reasons for the alterations in the rank of the Captains, as contained in your letter of Feby. 16th.
with true consideration &—
(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).