From John McClallen, 28 October 1799
Albany 28th October 1799
I had the honor of writing you on the 18th instant and inclosed a Return of the recruits under my command.
My recruiting parties in the country have since enlisted 9 Men, which makes the total under my command 35.
I have been very fortunate in my selection of Men, for I believe, there is not a bad character amongst them.
I am apprehensive, that I shall not have it in my power to complete the Company, before the termination of this season, and hope that I may remain here untill I have effected this object. My principal motive for requesting this is, that I may complete my Company with the same kind of Men, that I already have enlisted, who will do a credit to the service.
I have no local attachment, nor any other motive to remain here, than the one I mentioned.
I took the liberty of enclosing you my former Return, but shall hereafter address them to the Office of the Adjutant General
I have the Honor to be, Sir Your very Obt Servt
Jno McClallen Capt.
1st Regt A & Engrs
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Refers to H’s letter of October 18, 1799. Letter not found. On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "He will be suffered to remain for the present where he is & will not be sent to join his batalion this winter—"