From Thomas Underwood, 26 August 1799
Baltimore 26th. Augt. 1799
I went on to Philadelphia some few days agoe and reported myself to The Honble. Secretary of War, who enformd. me it was my duty to report myself to yr. excellency, I got a Furlough from Colo. Tho Butler in the State of Tennessee and come to Virginia to visit my relations, since which I Have been in a low State of health, & afflicted with pains,
I acted as pay master to the garrison of Fort Massac for near two years which calld. me on to Philadl. to settle my public acct, which I have done to the satisfaction of the accountant. I was then compelld. to leave Philadelphia in Consiquence of the yellow fever makg its appearance, & at that time my nearves was so week was not able to report myself to yr. excellency which I hope you will Please to pardon me for not doing. it is the advice of Doctr. Rush for me to spend the ensuing winter in Georgia South Carolina or the South part of Virginia which I Hope yr. excellency will please to permit me to doe, If it meets with your approbation I can Join either of the Companys of Artillery in either of those States & doe duty as I belong to the Artillerists & Enginrs, I will Goe on to the Healing Springs near Richmond, in the State of Virginia & Wait for the orders of your Excellency, I have been near eight years in Western army dur’g which time very much exposed, therefore hope you will consider my situation And Comply with my request,
Doctr. Rush wrote to the Secretary of War & Sd. Secretary has given me the letter & I have enclosd. you a Copy of it, your excellency will much oblige me by answering my letter as soon as convenient, & direct your letter, at Richmond in State of Virginia & my brother at that place will forward it to me—
I have the Honor to be yr Excellency mot. Obt. & Humble Ser
Tho. Underwood Lt. U.S. Art. & En
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Benjamin Rush to James McHenry, August 16, 1799 (copy, in the handwriting of Underwood, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover of the letter from Thomas Underwood, H’s endorsement reads: "to be referred to General Wilkinson."