From Abraham Ellery, 14 May 1800
Adjutant General’s Office. New York, May 14. 1800
I do my self the honor of enclosing you my accounts and vouchers for monies disbursed by me in this Office, and also the Accountant of War’s letter, finally rejecting and returning them; at the same time, I feel a sensible regret and mortification, in again intruding upon your time, and tasking your patience; a regret & mortification, encreased, by my unavoidably feeling myself, in some measure, in the situation of a person, rather making exertions, and pushing interests, to obtain favors, than to validate & secure a claim; and also, what, indeed, I should much more sensibly feel than the most unfavorable issue of this business; from an apprehension that my solicitude might acquire me the reputation of being troublesome, and injure me, where it would be my highest wish, pride, and ambition to stand well—
I have the honor to be with the highest respect, Your most obedt. servt.
Abraham R. Ellery
As. Adjt. Genl.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing William Simmons to Ellery, May 12, 1800 (ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).