From Samuel Hodgdon, 17 May 1800
Philadelphia, 17 May, 1800
The Gentleman of the Army who frequen⟨ts⟩ my office and with whom I am on intimate terms of friendship, Know that my exertions are uniform to procure every requisite for the comfort and conveniency of the Troops under every possible circumstance. By the tenor of Captain Williamsons Letter the reverse must be concluded—By the System in operation when I have reported on the returns sent to me, and have procured and sent the order for the receipt and transport of the Stores into the hand of the proper Officer I consider my Agency in the business at an end—This was done promptly in the present instance and until I heard the complaint I had reason to believe the Clothing was with the men for whom it was requested—The enclosed Letter from the Store Keeper accounts for the delay—it seems all the articles called for were not in Store, a circumstance that ought to have been mentioned to me at the time that by a proper communication suspicion of inattention or neglect might have been prevented—Nothing of which (I trust) can now of ever will be justly chargable to me—
I am, Sir, Your most obedient Servant.
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LC, RG 94, Post-Revolutionary War Records, Letters of Samuel Hodgdon, National Archives), enclosing John Harris to Hodgdon, May 16, 1800 (ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).