From John F. Hamtramck, 25 December 1799
Pittsburgh Decemb 25th. 1799—
I Should not have troubled you with this letter if an answer Could have been got in time from General Wilkinson.
in the Contemplated arrangement of the Western Army which I have Received from General Wilkinson, I Cannot find out the probability of my future residence; a Circumstance that is very interesting for me to know, in Order that I might move my family from Fort Wayne during the Vernal Waters.
my solicitation is not altogether Military, But I hope you will have the goodness to excuse me and to grant me the information. I have the honor to be Sir with every Sentiment of Respect and Esteem your Most obedient and Very humble Servant
J F Hamtramck
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark paired with a bracket in the left margin of the second paragraph starting with the line that begins, "that I might move my family..." and continuing to the end of the paragraph.