Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Duer, 7 August 1799

From John Duer, 7 August 1799

New York August 7th


I beg leave to Solicit your patronage in obtaining for me a Subalterns commission in one of the Regiments of infantry now raising for the Service of the United States.

At the first appearance of enrolled myself as a private in the Corps of New York Rangers and have since been offered the Post of first Sergeant in the Federal Cadets a uniform company now forming in this City

Should I be fortunate enough to obtain the Commission I Solicit, I Trust in Heaven, the Tenor of my Actions would be such as never to disgrace it

I have the honor to be Sir your most Obet Sert

Jno Duer

Major Genl Hamilton

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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