To John Dover, 29 August 1799
New York August 29 1799
I have carefully perused the different letters respecting your son, but I do not find in them any
circ special circumstances that would justify me in discharging him except upon the condition of your furnishing a soldier ⟨— —⟩fficient person in his place—The substitute must be a young man and a citizen of the United States. I am, Sir yr. obt Sevt As soon as you shall produce ⟨a⟩ such a soldier to be approved by Captain Ellery the Assistant Adjutant General I shall be ready to grant the discharge.
I am Sir yr. obt Svt.
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).