From Nathan Rice
Oxford [Massachusetts] Octr 26th. 1799
As by your favour of the 19th ultimo1 I am requested to select & nominate two persons, whom I should prefer to be appointed Cadets. I now do myself the honor of solliciting that appointment for Mr Edward Le Britton Wilson whom I have named before2 & Mr Joseph Stickney—a very genteel young man of the Town of Worcester in the Common Wealth—as the two whom I prefer.
With great esteem I am Sir yr obt Servant
PS. We can not recruit a man for want of cash.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.