From Richard Riker, 5 December 1799
New York, December 5, 1799
Pardon the liberty I take in recommending to you by letter the bearer of this Mr. John A Wynants, who I understand will receive an appointment in the land service if sanctioned by your approbation—I feel the strongest assurance that his conduct would be such as to satisfy any expectations you may form of his fidelity Activity & patriotism—I am myself sensible however, that my opinion has but little (if any) claim to your attention, whatsoever it may receive on this or on any other occasion I shall endeavour to encrease & preserve it.
With sentiments of the greatest Respect & Esteem I beg leave to subscribe Myself your most Obt. Servant
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover reads: "Filed Recommendations."