To James McHenry, 2 December 1799
NY. D. 2. 99—
Enclosed are some letters in recommendation of Mr Samuel Welsh who in anxious to obtain an appointment in the army.
Mr. Welsh states to me that he has been in debt, but has settled with his creditors and obtained a discharge—
This fact I should supose ought to be well ascertained before an apppointment is bestowed
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).