From William North, 19 April 1800
April 19, 1800
It is my duty to inform you that Lt Ross remains in this City, & that there is no Officer to take charge of that part of Capt McClellans Company which is at Ellis’s Island—& in case of the absence of Capt Read from that post, the whole of the men remains without an Officer to command them. That there is a Lieut Dwight in this City, who is said to live an irregular & indecent life to the disgrace of this service. Major Hoops in his report of Inspection makes no mention of any men of Capt. Stilles Company as proper to be discharged.
I am, Sir With the greatest respect Your Obe Serv
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark in the left margin beside the line in the first paragraph beginning "Lt. Ross remains in this City...." Just below that mark is a rough bracket beside the next three lines ending with "& in case of the Absence of...." There is a printer’s fist beside the line in the second paragraph with "Lieut Dwight" underlined.