To John A. Winans, 18 September 1799
New York Sepr. 18. 1799—
Your letter of the seventeenth inst. has been delivered to me.
I not know that I can promote your appointment Situated as you are I do not think it advisable to promote your appointment in the regiment commanded by Cos. Ogden and Moore; unless you could can make it acceptable to those ⟨—⟩ officers. but I have however written to the Secretary of War on the subject expressing the favorable opinion which I have been lead to entertain of you, and requesting that your application may be accepted as far as is a Lieutenancy may be bestowed on you as soon as it can be done consistently with the rules interests and principles of the service.
With consideration I am, Sir yr obt. ser.
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Acknowledges Winans’s letter of September 16, 1799. Letter not found.