To James McHenry, 30 May 1800
⟨C⟩amp S Plains May 30th. 1800
Enclosed is an extract of a letter which I have just received from Colonel Rice—
It was my intention to have caused the regiments to be provided with bands of music, and this I doubt not will hereafter be considered as an useful arrangement—from this circumstance, and the particular situation of things I think it advisable that the U States should take the Musical instruments procured by Col. Rice, and pay the expence of them.
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).