To Jacob Kingsbury, 2 December 1799
New York Decemr 2nd. 99
I have received your letters of the thirtieth of September and of the thirtieth of November, and am obliged
to you by the polite expressions which are personal to me.
It is impossible that you should have leave of absence for so long a period as that you speak of—You will therefore hold yourself in readiness to enter upon service on the first of April next—At that time you will report yourself to me.
With great considn I am, Sir yr. obt Ser
(LS, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, The J. W. Kingsbury Collection, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).