Circular to the Commandants of Regiments
New York Sepr 19. [–20] 1799
I request the favour of your opinion as to such of the Majors captains & Lieutenants of your Regiment as may be best qualified for service in the department of the Inspectorship or of the Quarter Master. This is an inquiry for information which will be extended to the several Regiments. It is hoped that the opinion will be given with freedom & frankness as it may be relied upon that it will be received in perfect confidence. It will be understood that it is altogether eventual and uncertain whether any appointment of either sort will be made from the Regiment.
With great consideration & estm I am Sir Yr Obed ser
ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LS, to Aaron Ogden and dated September 19, 1799, Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey.