From Samuel Eddins1
Fort Jay [New York] 21st Feby 1800
I have made an enquiry of the Doctor relative to the Situation of Sergt. Hunter, who informs me He is in a very disagreeable dilemma, in consequence of a Connection with an unclean female; He has like wise waited on me with a Letter wishing me to enclose it to you.2 I have promis’d him not to do any thing in the Business until I hear from you & if Genl Hamilton thinks proper will have him tried by a Court Martial for his misconduct. I Sent over last evening Sergt. Strong, an Old Sergt. of the Western army, & who Served with a vast deal of good Conduct, as I have been inform’d, by Several Officers who Knew him in the Western Army, I will Ansr for his Sobriety, Honesty, & good conduct while with Genl Hamilton.
I am Sir with the greatest respect Your Obedt Humble Servt
Saml Eddins Capt
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
2. See “Certificate of Benjamin Genet,” February 25, 1800, which was enclosed in William Hunter to H, February 21, 1800 (listed in the appendix to this volume). Genet’s certificate states that Hunter was “afflicted with gonorrhea.”