From William S. Smith, 30 October 1799
Union Camp Octr.
29th. 30th. 1799—
The day after you Honoured this Camp with your presence, I was informed Capt. Patterson had presented to you, his Letter of resignation—noteing some anxiety fluttering on the Capts. mind; and being acquainted with Mrs. Pattersons solicitude, that the resignation should be accepted, I gave Capt Patterson leave of absence from this Camp, that he might reside in New York and attend to the recruiting services, untill the question relative to his resignation, should be decided
He has communicated to me some particular affairs which in Maryland, require his personal attendance as the General Orders, put it out of my power to indulge Capt. Patterson, at his request, I solicit your indulgence to him on this Subject, I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Most Obed. &c.
W. S. Smith
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover reads: "Written Leave of absence for three weeks."