From Yelverton Peyton, 1 June 1799
Virginia Fauquier Court-House June the 1st. 1799
When I received your letter dated New-York May the 2nd. 1799 I was confined to my Bed and unable to answer it. and since my convalescence, have conceived the etiquette might be dispensed with as some time had elapsed—
In compliance with your mild instructions, I am sorry to inform you that my health is not yet reestablished, but anticipate the salubrious air of my native County, will eradicate my malady in a month or two—
I am with the higest esteem and consideration Sir, Your most Obedient Humble Servt.
Lt. U.S. 1st. Regt. Infy.
PS. Should you think proper to have a Physicians certifficate to corroborate my assertion that I am unfit for duty, I can obtain one, and will do so for the future if required—
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).