From William Wilson, 16 October 1799
Baltimore, October 16th 1799
Being for a long time in an ill state of health, which disqualified me from performing the regular duties of an officer, I was compelled to relinquish a station to which ambition prompted me accept and pride made me anxious to undertake, I herewith inclose you my letter of resignation which will shew what was my wish and feelings at the time I was compelled to offer it, I have by a change of Climate restored my health perfecly which now makes me anxious once more to offer myself for the service of my Country, as I have reason to suppose there will be something to do, I beg leave to offer myself and hope if on inquiry you find I have not merited the attention of my brot⟨her⟩ Officers, to whom, I refer you for my Character and Conduct while I was honoured with a commission should you think favourably of my application, I would in case additional horse
⟨should⟩ be raised prefer that service, but in whatever station you think I could be most serviceable I will most cheerfully accept.
I have the honor to be with perfect respect & Esteem Sir, Your most Obedient Servant
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).