From William C. Bentley, 15 July 1799
Richmond 15th July 1799
Having now the advantage of a short acquaintance with the Officers of my Regimt.; and an opportunity of obtaining full information of their Characters, am better prepared to make the arrangement of their rank as was proposed by you in a former letter. That we should be perfectly correct, cannot be expected but I am persuaded we are sufficiently so to justify the arrangement as is here proposed. With very few exceptions, few Regiments can boast of as many genteel respectable Characters; this remark has been frequently made by the most reputable Characters among us. In making this arrangement, regard was had to the rank given them on the list you furnished; and the
changes alterations that are made were by moving up those most prominent characters, whose pretentions evidently justified it; and by moving down a few Characters, (those only who were noticed to you in a former letter on this Subject) who, perhaps, had better be lower than their grades would admit of their being placed.
I am with every Sentiment of respect, Your Mo: Obt
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing "A List of the Platoon Officers of the 7th United States Regiment" (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).