From Thomas Porter, 7 September 1799
September 7th. 1799 Cæcil County Maryland
I saw a Notification in the news paper—dat’d Septr. 2sd. 99 Trentown requesting all officers of the first Regiments of Artillerists Engineers and of the first Second third and fourth regiments Infantry in the Service of the unit’d States who are from whatever Cause absent from their Commands to report Themselves to Majr. Ge’r’l Alexander Hamilton without delay.
Notice was given me the 11 of March 1799—from the War Office that I am appointed an Ensign in the Second regiment of Infantry of the army of the United States.
I wrote my letter of acceptance the 30 of May last &c—
I have remain’d near the Post office Warwick Cæcil County Maryland & Shall untill farther orders.
A Letter direct’d to the above office I can gat at any time
I am Sir with respect yor obedt & most, H, Sert
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "acknowlge Rect. Order him to
Bennington in same manner as other Officers lately. Bristol Pensylvania then to report himself to me for further order. Qr. if among those ordered to Bennington." Letter not found. There is an "X" mark in the left margin beside the line in the second paragraph beginning "appointed an Ensign in the Second...."