From William S. Smith, 12 April 1800
Union Brigade April 12th. 1800
It is my duty to present the Inclosed Letter from the Surgeon of the 13th. Regt. addressed to me, with a Copy of my answer—
I understand the medicine was supplied on the order of the D. Qr. Mr. Genl. by Mr. Dayton the Contractor—
I must solicit your interference on this important point, and doubt not if you favour us with it, but we shall be well supplied in future—
I have had many unpleasant points to arrange and render smooth, thro’ the Winter, & no attentions shall be wanting on my part to parry the shafts of death in the spring—If our surgeon’s are supplied with proper medicine
I have the Honor to be With great respect, Sir—Your most Obedt. Humble Servt.
W. S. Smith Lt. Colo. of ye. 12th
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Joseph Trowbridge to Smith, April 11, 1800 (ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), and Smith to Trowbridge, April 12, 1800 (copy, in Smith’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). In the left margin of the ALS from William S. Smith to H, there is an "X" mark beside the last line of the second paragraph beginning "Dayton the Contractor."