From Hezekiah W. Bissell, 9 April 1799
Hartford (Connecticut) April 9th. 1799.
In a letter recently recd. from the Secty. of War, I am inform’d that the President of the United States, has appointed me a Surgeons Mate, in the Army of the U.S. By the Secty. I am directed, in case I accept, to inform you of the fact. Of my accepte. you will please Sir to consider this as my signification.
I have the Honor to be, with Respect, Sir, your Obedt Sert.
Hezekiah W Bissell
NB. Any communication addressed to me, at this place will reach me without delay—
H. W B.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "Inform the Secy of War of this acceptance & inquire to what Regt he is to be annexed."