From Nanning J. Visscher, 27 August 1799
Fort Niagara Augt. 27. 1799
After more than seven years service, during which period I have been indulged with a furlough of three months only, I take the liberty to request that I may be permitted to visit my friends at Albany and New York. In answer to my Letter to the Honble. the Secretary of War on this subject I beg leave to recite an extract—“War Department December 29. 1798. It will give me great satisfaction to indulge you with a furlough as soon as it is in my power to relieve you”
I believe Sir, that my request will not be deemed an improper one, and flatter myself that it will be favorably received.
I have the honor to remain respectfully Sir, Yr. very Obt. Sert.
N J Visscher Lieut.
2nd. Regt. of Infantry
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark in the left margin of the first paragraph beside the line beginning "Honble. the Secretary of War...."