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
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).