From James Cochran, 1 November 1799
Palatine, November 1, 1799
My Brother who is with me at present has such an inflamation in his Eyes as to put it out of his power to leave this for his station. As his Furlough is at an end, and he can’t write, he requested me to give you the above information and to send you the enclosed Certificate of a respectable Physician of this place. He will leave this as soon as he recovers, which he expects will be in a short time.
I am Sir, with respect Your Humble Servant
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing certificate by Benjamin Lyon, November 4, 1799 (ADS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover of the letter from James Cochran reads: "Filed."