To Aaron Ogden, 26 June 1799
New York June 26th. 1799
It is not of my competency to accept Resignations. The matter contained in your letter of Yesterday relative to Lt. Reading has been communicated to the Secy. of War, and the acceptance recommended, and it is presumed that it will take place.
With great consideration I am Sir Yr. obedt. servt.
(LS, Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey; copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).