To William S. Smith, 15 April 1800
New York April 15. 1800
I have received your letter of the 11. instant with its inclosures. I would wish Hill to be tried by a Court Martial previous to my granting him his pardon The Court may probably recommend him to mercy, should that however not be the case; your recommendation with that of the Officer’s of your regiment shall
be treated with the meet with proper respect attention
with true consideration Sir
(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).