To James McHenry, 18 September 1799
New York Sepr. 18. 1799
I transmit you the enclosed letter which I doubt not you will consider as a handsome specimen of the talents of the writer—In addition to the inferences in his favor which may be drawn from it I have to
⟨—⟩ mention that he has been strongly recommended to me by very respectable characters. When If there should be a Lieutenancy which could be had with propriety be given him, I have no doubt but it would be well bestowed.
With great respect I am—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).