To General Henry Clinton
Head Quarters [Valley Forge] June the 9th 1778
At nine oClock this evening, I had the honor, to receive your Excellency’s letter of this date.
I do not conceive myself at liberty to grant the passport, which you request, for Doctor Ferguson, without being previously instructed by Congress, on the subject. I shall dispatch a copy of your letter to them; and take the earliest opportunity of communicating their determination.1 I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obedient servant
LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, P.R.O.: Carleton Papers; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.