From Josiah Hedden, 28 August 1798
New York, August 28, 1798
Being anxious to pursue a military life I have taken the Liberty of Soliciting through you a commission in the Regular army of the United States—
Having only attained my Eighteenth year, I cannot with Propriety Solicit Higher Rank, than that of an Ensign, Should You on Enquiry into my Character Suppose me Competent to that appointment—you will confer a favor by giving me your Countenance and aid, in the accomplishment of this Object—
With Due respect I am your Obt Sert
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).