To Nathan Rice
N York March 28th. 1800
I send you the enclosed letter of Captain Tillinghast,1 and you will act in the case as the good of the service may require.
It is proper that Officers should apply to me thro their commandant. Having then his remarks I shall be better able to judge of what is proper to be done. You will take care that this be made known.2
It is very desirable that the Officers should be with their regiments early in May, as the season most proper for improvement in exercise will then have arrived. You will bear this circumstance in mind.
Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Letter not found. George Tillinghast was appointed a captain in the Sixteenth Regiment of Infantry on January 8, 1798 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 299, 303).