From Yelverton Peyton, 20 November 1799
Fauquier Ct. House November the 20th. 1799
On seeing your advertisement respecting the Officers of the four old Regiments, am some what alarmed and more so when I reflect on the circumstance of not receiving an ⟨an⟩swer to my last report; which was dated the 1st. of October, and announcing my fitness for duty a duplicate was forwarded the next post—in those letters I requested leave of absence until the 1st. day of January & as I have not received an answer am unable to know how to act. I therefore earnestly entreat your answer—
The unavoidable expence I hav⟨e⟩ been at for the reestablishment of my health has left me penny less—The U States is oweing me upwards of three hundred dollars. I have applied more than once and cannot get a shilling. Your assistance in this case I ⟨must⟩ request, and hope you will have remited to me the Sum of 300$
I am with the greatest respect—Yr. Ob H Sert.
Y Peyton Lt
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).