From James Read, 23 April 1800
Ellis Island, April 23, 1800
In consequence of your letter of ye 18th. inst. directing me to enquire into ye truth of a certain statement made to you by a Sergt. Brinson, I called at Fort Jay and mentioning ye matter to Lieutenant Hancock I received from him ye inclosed letter which I imagine may prove satisfactory. I took care to admonish him of ye impropriety of addressing himself to you previous to an application to his commanding officer and justice refused him
I am with ye greatest respect your obt. servt.
Captn commg ye Harbr of N York
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing John Hancock, Jr., to Read, April 22, 1800 (ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).