Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Josiah Hedden, 28 August 1798

From Josiah Hedden, 28 August 1798

New York, August 28, 1798


Being anxious to pursue a military life I have taken the Liberty of Soliciting through you a commission in the Regular army of the United States—

Having only attained my Eighteenth year, I cannot with Propriety Solicit Higher Rank, than that of an Ensign, Should You on Enquiry into my Character Suppose me Competent to that appointment—you will confer a favor by giving me your Countenance and aid, in the accomplishment of this Object—

With Due respect I am your Obt Sert

Josiah Hedden

Major Genl. Hamilton

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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