To James McHenry, 19 September 1799
New York Sepr. 19th. 1799—
Col. Read proposes Lieutenant Long as Adjutant, and Dr. Cutlar as Surgeon to his regiment. I would recommend that these nominations be Confirmed. I believe I have mentioned to you Carleton Walker as the person designated by the officers of the sixth regiment to fill the office of Paymaster. I wish your sanction to this nomination. I have written to the different commandants requesting each of them to propose two persons as Cadets; and have
requested directed that the ⟨—⟩ parties be given to understand that Merit and not succession will be the rule of promotion.
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).