Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John W. Patterson, 18 October 1799

From John W. Patterson, 18 October 1799

Major Genl. Hamilton

Union Camp Octr. 18th. 1799


I’ve the Honor to inform you that I find the Milatary Life incompatable with my private interest; It is with infinite regret, I am induced to resign the Commission I hold, so honourable to myself.

Considerations far exceeding any personal Interest or Honour, make it necessary, I now do it with extreme reluctance as the Milatary life would be my choice.

Sir I Have the Honor to be With Sincere Esteem Your

J W Patterson

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "I regret &c. Through his Colonel."

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