From James De Haert, 4 August 1798
Union N.Y. 4 Augt. 1798
Having no family I should be glad to go in the army
May I take the liberty of asking your recommendation to be appointed an officer If you consider me worthy and competent
which it will confer great obligations on your most Obedt huml. Servt
James De Haert
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). H’s endorsement reads: "asking an appt in the army. A H."