To Alexander Hamilton
My dear Sir,Mount Vernon 24th Sep. 1798.
I have seen the correspondence between the President of the United States & Secretary of War, on the subject of the relative rank of the three Major Generals first appointed. But as it was given in confidence, unaccompanied with an Official letter, I had no ground on which I could proceed, without betraying that confidence.1 I have therefore written for an official account of the President’s determination, as the foundation of the representation I propose to offer him, on this occasion.2
Until the result of this is known, I hope you will suspend a final decision, and let matters remain in Statu quo till you hear again from Your Affectionate
ALS, DLC: Hamilton Papers; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.