To Pierce Butler
Philada Jany 7. 1795
The Letter with which you were pleased to favor me, dated the 30th Novr came duly to hand: a copy of which, immediately upon the rect thereof, I transmitted to the Secy of War (in whose Department the building of the Frigates is) with directions to cause an enquiry into the abuses of which you made a general complaint, & report the result to me.1
It would have been satisfactory, & might have contributed essentially to expedite this enquiry if you had been so obliging as to have pointed your information to the particular instances of abuse. I am—&c.
Df, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW. The draft is in the writing of Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.