From James McHenry, 14 November 1799
War department November 14th. 1799
In answer to your letter of the 1st. instant I have to inform you that John Brown has been mentioned to the President and agreed to by him to fill the place of Coleby Chew, who was appointed a Captain in the 13 Regiment, in case of his resignation. No official information having been received that Mr. Chew declined accepting, Mr. Brown has not as yet been notified of his appointment.
Austin Ledyard and Nathaniel Noyes have been appointed the former has declined serving—the latter has accepted and resides at Stonington
With great respect I am Sir Your obed Servant
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).