To James McHenry, 5 November 1799
NY. Nr. 5th—99
Col. Bentley, in his letter of the twentieth of October, strongly recommends Reuben Beale and Samuel Simmons as Cadets in his regiment, and I would advise that they be immediately appointed—
With perfect respect I am
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).