From Aaron Ogden
Elizabeth Town [New Jersey] July 6 1799
The intervention of the 4th. of July and the Affairs of the Society of Cincinnati1 having occupied the day succeeding, have delayed my answering yours2 respecting the appointment of Mr. How to a second Lieutenancy in the 11th. regiment. I beg you to be assured that the measure proposed, will be to me perfectly agreeble, and I have accordingly in my letter to Mr Howe enquired of him whether such an appointment as you have proposed for him in the line would be acceptable.
With the most respectful attachment I am Dr Sir. your mo. ob. servt
Major General Alexander Hamilton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Ogden was a charter member of the New Jersey chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783. Its annual meeting was scheduled for July 4, 1799 (The Institution of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey from 1783 to 1866 [Albany, 1866], 41).