To Aaron Ogden, 6 March 1800
N York March 6th. 1800
The following is an extract of a letter which I have just received from the Secretary of War.
“The circumstances stated relative to Captain Bowman’s pretensions to rank first Captain in the 11th regiment of Infantry readily induce me to give my sanction to his being so placed in the arrangement.” You will alter the arrangement accordingly.
With great consideration I am, Sir, yr. obt Srt.
(LS, The Andre deCoppet Collection, Princeton University Library; Df, dated March 5, 1800, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).