From Nathan Heald, 8 May 1800
Concord Massa. May 8th. 1800
Major Buell of the 2d Regiment informs me, that he wrote you some time since, requesting that I might be ordered to the County of Hampshier to assist Capt Lyman in the recruiting service. I have received no such orders, therefor I conclude, in the multiplicity of your business, the Majors request has been forgotten. It is now almost 14 Months since I was appointed and have received neither pay or rations, neither have I been called upon to do any military duty. I am in readiness and wish to be in actual service, as soon as may be convenient.
I am Sir with perfect consideration your most obed. humb. Servant
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark in the left margin of the first paragraph beside the line beginning "multiplicity of your business..." and another "X" mark to the left of Nathan Heald’s signature.