To William Brickell, 23 April 1800
NY. April 23rd. 1800—
I have received your letter of the seventh instant, but the seventh section of the act to which you allude expressly provides that “no officer shall be appointed as Inspector of a Brigade who when appointed shall be of a rank higher than that of Captain”
It is of course impossible to confer on you the appointment you request
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).