From William S. Smith, 6 August 1799
August 6th. 1799.
Enclosed is a Copy of a Letter that I forwarded to Capt. Cortlandts by Nathaniel Crafts, who on inspection I found totally disqualified to discharge the duty of a Soldier, in consequence of a rupture in the Groin, as reported in the return; and from accounts, for at Least fourteen years standing; and so apparent without close inspection that I am astonished at Captain Cortlands not having noticed it, in the first instance,
I have the honor to be with Great respect. Your most Obedient. & very Humbl. Servt.
W. S. Smith Lt. Colo. Comd
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Smith to Philip Courtlandt, July 16, 1799 (copy, in Smith’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).