From George Izard1
Charleston [South Carolina] Decr. 17th. 1799
My most earnest wish since I entered the Service of my country has been to be placed in a Situation to acquire such professional Knowledge as may at a future period render me useful to it. With that view nothing can be so desireable as to be near the person of a general Officer of universally acknowledged Eminence. I accept with thanks the honor of being your aid-de-camp and hope to be successful in my endeavors to justify your good opinion of me. I shall sail for New-York in a few days, and expect to present my Respects to You in person before the middle of next month.
My father desires me to express the Regard & Friendship he entertains for you, and his grateful Sense of your favor to me. I am with great Respect,
Dear Sir, Your most obedt. hble. Servt.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.