To Stephen Van Rensselaer, 17 May 1800
N.Y. May 17th. 1800
The enclosed letter being on public business of an urgent nature, I request you to pay attention to hastening its transmission—If it cannot be sent, conveniently and speedily, by the Post, you will much oblige me in forwarding it by an express.
With great Esteem Sir
(Copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).