From Yelverton Peyton, 7 October 1799
Fauquier C-House Octbr. 7th. 1799
My health is so far established as to justify my reporting for duty—Therefore will receive your Orders to be acted upon. On the first day of November—
Should it be consistent with the publick weal I will make some small requests. My private concerns are not inconciderable and they have been neglected for five years—I wish to remain on furlough until the first day of January 1800 which time will enable me to complete my private Arrangements. Or should it have been your determination to set me ⟨on⟩ recruiting and my station destined within fifty or Sixty miles of Fauquier C-House I shall then be accommodated, and the publick not otherwise—I request also not to be sent southward of Fort Washington on the Ohio or Mississippi as I am well assured from my twelve months experience that I shall fall a victim to the maladies infesting the military situation on those Rivers. This you may conceive as curious dictatorial reasoning in a military ⟨—⟩ but as I wish it only on principles congruous with publick weal you will not hesitate to comply—If I ⟨——⟩ accommodated my greatest pleasure will be to serve my country—
I am with the highest respect Sir Your Most Obdt. Humble Servt.
Lt. & Qr M US 1st Rg Infn.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). An endorsement on the cover reads: "Filed." There is an "X" mark beside the line in the second paragraph beginning "January 1800 which time will enable...."