Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from William S. Smith, 25 January 1800

From William S. Smith, 25 January 1800

Major General Hamilton

Union Brigade Jany. 25th. 1800.


Enclosed I have the Honor of submitting several Letters, forwarded by Major Wilcocks recommending Mr. London of New York, for an appointment in the Army, finding on a personal interview with Mr. London, that he has made application to you; some time past, for an appointment, and has had several conversations with you on the subject. It must be superfluous for me, an entire stranger to Mr. London, to do more than to fairly submit his pursuits, & the Letters of his friends to your perusal, observing that from appearances, I doubt not he would fill well the station of a second Lieut. & probably his merits in the progress of service, would entitle him to promotion—this however with the enclosed Letters—are respectfully submitted by, Sir, Your most obedt. Humble Servt.

W. S. Smith Lt. Colo. of ye 12⟨th.⟩

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing James Fairlie to Smith, January 7, 1800; Brockholst Livingston to Smith, January 14, 1800; John R. Livingston to Smith, January 18, 1800; Joseph Constant to William Willcocks, January 22, 1800; William Willcocks to Smith, January 22, 1800; Gerrard Steddiford to Smith, January 24, 1800 (all ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover of the letter from William S. Smith, H wrote the following note: "Filed among Applications."

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