To George Izard
N York March 5th 1800
I have received your letter of the second instant announcing your intentions of joining Mr. Smith, and have proposed to the Secretary of war that you be permitted to retain your commission in the army of the United States.1
There are, as you observe, examples of this kind, and, where an officer is absent on public service, the thing does not appear to me to be improper.
Wishing you success & happiness I am Dr Sir with great esteem
Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.