From Staats Morris, 27 April 1799
Fort McHenry April 27th 1799
I wrote to you some time since requesting leave of absence from my command to transact some public business at Philada. and private at New York, and not having been honored with your answer I apprehend my letter was not received by you. I take the liberty of repeating my wish, and am with the highest respect Sir Your Obedt. Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "If he has with him a careful Officer
⟨in whose⟩ to assume the command in his absence, he may be absent for a fortnight then if further permission be indispensable reporting himself & his reasons—"