From Yelverton Peyton, 30 April 1799
Philadelphia April 30th 1799
In obedience to an order of the Hon’ble James McHenry Secy of War, of the 15th Inst I have the honor to report myself as Lieutenant & Qr Master of the 1st US. Regiment of Infantry, on leave of absence for the recovery of my health, I am at present unfit for duty, herewith you have inclosed evidence of my situation—
I have now to request of you, a furlough for the reestablishment of my health only—with due respect & consideration I have the honor to be your Obt. Hble Servant
Y. Peyton Lieutt
& Qr. Master 1st. Regt of Infy
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "He may continue on furlough reporting to me his situation on the first day of every month for further order."