From William North
Albany Sept 18th. 1799
Having heard that you were at Ball Town Springs1& to return to Albany on Monday last, I came here to pay my respects to you & ask your directions with regard to my entré upon the duties of my Office.2 When here, the Family informed me that you were on your way from New York—On tuesday, that you, with Mrs Hamilton & Mrs Church3 were at Claverac.4 The arrival of Mrs Church last evening, left me no hope of seeing you here at present. It is my intention of being at, or in the vicinity of New York on the first of October, should you still think it proper,—if however, owing to the sickness5 or any other cause, you should think fit to lengthen my leave of absence, or alter my destination, I shall receive your commands with pleasure, not only because they are your commands, but because they will coincide with my own & the wishes of my friends.
With the greatest respect I have the honor to be Sir Your Ob Servt
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, New York.
2. On July 16, 1799, in a letter which is listed in the appendix to this volume, North had asked H for leave of absence until October 1, 1799.
3. Angelica Church was Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister and the wife of John B. Church.
4. Claverack, Columbia County, New York.