To William Brickell, 13 January 1800
N. York Jany. 13th. 1800.
Your letter I have just received yr. letter of the 18th. Jany. December.
The subject has already been matter of communication between
me, and the Secy. of War and myself. And your case is embraced in a general regulation which that Officer has thought proper to direct—An exception in the particular in question, would be, as you may will readily conceive, an irregularity extremely improper, as it would involve an appearance of partiality—
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).