From Richard Hunewell, 4 December 1799
Portland 4th. Decr 1799
Haveing just returned from Concord, where I have been mustering the Recruits of the 15th. Regt., I take the earliest opportunity to acknowledge the Rect. of your several favours of 1st., 4th. 5th., & 13th. Ulto. Mr. Emerson accepts his appointment as Cadet. Mr. Waters I understand declines in consequence of some arrangments since his nomination, of this he will officially inform you. Mr. Blake who I formerly mentioned, anticipates an appointment & will make a good Officer.
The delay of money has injured the Recruitg. Service much & I believe, the cause of many desertions, ’tho they have not been so frequent in this Regt. as some others.
I cannot but express my wish that Mesrs. Rudberg & Abbott may meet the approbation of the proper department for their appointment to fill the vacancies of two Lieutenants in my Regt. these Gent. are anxious for a decision that they may make the necessary arrangments for the event.
I have the honor to be with great Respect Sir yr Obedt huml Sert.
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There are an "X" mark and a rough bracket in the left margin of the first paragraph starting with the line that begins, "appointment as Cadet..." and continuing to the end of the paragraph, and there is an "X" mark in the left margin as well as a pair of brackets framing the third paragraph.