From Richard Hunewell, 17 September 1799
Castine Sept. 17th. 1799—
I do not wish to be litigious in my applications to you, to mention to the proper Department, Candidates for Cadets, but will in future send a greater number at one time for your consideration—I now beg leave to offer Mr Oliver Emerson of York in County of York in this state, a young gentleman about 19 years of age he has a good E⟨du⟩cation & good connections, a very steady firm young man, he has been a Clerk in my Office for some time, & has always conducted with the greatest propriety, & I think will make a good Officer—I also recommend Mr. David J. Waters of this place, he is about 22 years of age & is Editor of the Castine Journal, a young man of handsome abilities, & good character, was formerly a Lieutenant of an Independant Compy at Boston
should these Gentlemen meet your approbation and support as Cadets in the 15th Regt. it will be perfectly congenial to my wishes—
I wish to know Sir if the Non Commissiond Officers who are appointed pro: tem: are to receive Pay from the time they commence doing the duty provided they continue to merit the Office to which they are appointed—
I have the honor to be with great respect Sir Your Most Obedt. Sert.—
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).