To William S. Smith, 7 January 1800
New York January 7th 1800
It is my wish I have concluded that Colonel Ogden should shall be detached this Winter from the Brigade for the purpose of assisting the Adjutant General in framing regulations for the army. I request therefore that you will take the necessary steps to meet this arrangement give him permission to be absent
with true consideration I am Sir Your obed Servt.
(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).