To John Tayler, 24 October 1799
N York Octor 24. 99
I have received your letter of the seventh instant, and
am sorry feel every disposition to comply with your request. There have been so many appointments however in the twelfth regiment from the Northern parts of the state that an immediate augmentation of the number would hardly consist wit⟨h⟩ the principle of distribution—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).