From Samuel Hoffman, 10 August 1798
State of New York, Manor of Livingston Augt. 10th. 1798.
Attached to the Government, and zealous to use my feble efforts in supporting the Independence of my Country, I take the liberty (tho’ I have not the honor to be known to you) to solicit your interest for my being appointed a Lieutenant in the Cavelry of the United States. I have written to my relation the Attorney General of the State of New York requesting him to inform you whether I merit the appointment or not.
I have the honor to be Sir with great respect Your most obedient humble Servant.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).