To Nathan Rice
N Y. April 18th 1800
Enclosed is a letter from Captain Ashmun requesting permission of absence.1 Applications of the kind should always come thro’ the commanding officer accompanied with his opinion.2 You are at libery to grant Captain Ashmun a furlough till some time in May.
Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Phineas Ashmun’s letter has not been found.