To Brigadier General Henry Knox1
West Point, August 22, 1779
I inclose you a petition2 just put into my hand. You know the General’s idea is not to force the continuance of any man in the service longer than he can be detained consistently with the terms of his engagement; attempts of this kind in a service like ours do more harm than good. This I dare say corresponds with your sentiments; and if the petitioner is not really inlisted during the war, you will no doubt do him justice. I refer him to you. You know sometimes officers are not overscrupulous and you will be pleased to have a proper inquiry made into this mans circumstances.
I have the honor to be very respectfully Your most Obed servant
Alex Hamilton Aide De Camp
ALS, Chicago Historical Society.
1. On verso of this letter there is written in unknown handwriting: “Respecting Wm. Hunter.”
2. Petition not found.