From William S. Smith
Union Brigade [Scotch Plains, New Jersey] March 31, 1800. “I have had the honor of receiving yesterday your Letter of the 26th. enclosing the project for the formation of a Regiment for exercise and Battle. I feel a diffidence in revising it, but … I will however endeavour to overcome that diffidence, and give the subject my earliest attention conformable to your wish.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.