To Campbell Smith, 25 March 1800
NY. March 25. 1800
I have just received your letter of the twenty third instant—
It is impossible for me to judge of the motives which have influenced the PM General, but I have written to him to settle your account unless there are strong and peculiar reasons against it. Agreeing
in opinion with in the idea of the propriety of speedily filling by the regular course of promotion vacancies that occur, I have written particullarly on the subject to the S of War
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).