From William S. Smith
Union Brigade [Scotch Plains, New Jersey] December 23, 1799. “In your Letter of the 17th.1 you mention your intention of retaining Capt Church with you,2 to this I cannot with propriety object, but I can with propriety say, the Regt. feel his loss, & I, particularly regret his absence, his pointed attention to duty, & his Gentlemanlike deportment has endeared him much to the Corps, I now see no prospect of his ever rejoining it. I shall always however, wish him happy, and a promotion suited to his talents and abilities.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Letter not found.