To Caleb Swan, 4 December 1799
NY. Decr. 4. 99
Since Lieut. Smith declined acting as Pay Master to the troops at Staunton I have recommended another person for the place. I know not whether an appointment has yet been made—Captain Brock
nominates mentions, Lieutenant Merewether Lewis as well ca fitted for the Post—If an ⟨appointment⟩ has not yet been made I should suppose Lt. Lewis to be a very fit suitable character—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).