From William Hill, 10 December 1799
New york 10th. December 1799
The bearer Mr. Cowan has a very great desire to enter into the Service, which has induc’d me to take the liberty of informing you that he has been recommended to me in such a manner by Friends in whom I can with confidence confide, that I have no doubt but he will fill any Situation he may be thought capable of with Honor—
I have the Honor to be with much respect Sir, Your very hme Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).