From John Adlum, 5 May 1800
Philada. May 5th. 1800
The situation of my private affairs is so interesting at this time, that I am compelled to solicit leave to retire from the service—and as general opinion anticipates a speedy dissolution of the army. I hope that my voluntary resignation will produce no injury or inconvenience to the publick—If my request can be granted, I shall always hold my self prepared to obey your commands, should my country require my services at any future period—
I am Sir With the greatest respect Your most Obedt. & Hble. Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).