To James McHenry, 30 August 1799
New York August 30th. 1799—
The enclosed letter in recommendation of Mr. Richard Van Der Burgh is from a Gentleman in whom I have confidence. I wish the young Gentleman to be placed on the list which I sent you some days ago, of candidates for appointments in the twelfth regiment. I would thank you to put him before the last mentioned person on that list—
With great respect &c: &c:
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).