From William S. Smith
Union Brigade [Scotch Plains, New Jersey] March 8th. 1800
Nothing but a point of the most delicate Honor, could have induced me to leave this Cantoonment for 12 Hours, without having previously obtained your permission as Commanding General, but the situation of that pledge is such, that I am under the necessity of presenting myself to you, without obtaining that permission.1 I shall do myself the Honor of presenting myself to you on monday at 12 oClock, when the reasons I shall give, for so doing will I doubt not be fully Satisfactory. I have the honor to be
Sir. Your most obed Humble Sert.
W. S. Smith of the 12th.
N.B. would it not be best to order Colo. Ogden2 here immediately.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
2. Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Ogden was the commanding officer of the Eleventh Regiment of Infantry. The Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Regiments were stationed at Scotch Plains, New Jersey, with Smith serving as the commanding officer of the brigade at winter quarters.