To James McHenry1
Philadelphia July 28. 1798
I last Evening had the honor of receiving your letter of the 25 instant, announcing to me my appointment as Inspector and Major General.
At a crisis like the present I esteem it my duty to obey the call of the Government. Feeling too, as I ought, the value of the high confidence which is reposed in me, I beg you to convey to The President my most cordial acknowlegements and the assurance of my best endeavours to merit it.
With great respect and esteem I am Sir
Yr. Obed servant
The Secy at War
ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see the introductory note to George Washington to H, July 14, 1798.