Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Aaron Ogden, 3 July 1799

To Aaron Ogden

New York July 3. 1799

Dr. Sir

I thank you very much for your attention to my request respecting a Secretary.1 The testimony of Mr Stockdon2 & yourself would be decisive as to Mr Howe had not information from other quarters prepossessed me extremely in his favour. The enclosed letter3 offers him the place; have the goodness to forward it without delay.

How would the idea suit you and him of an appointment to a second Lieutenancy in your Regiment? It would increase his advantages among the rest & put him in a course of military promotion. I am aware it is not within the system & would so far mutilate your regiment. But perhaps I may surmount the obstacle from the first consideration & I thought that your friendship for Mr. Howe might dispose you to some sacrifice for his benefit.

Yrs. truly


Col Ogden

ALS, The Andre deCoppet Collection, Princeton University Library.

2Richard Stockton.

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