Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from William North, 15 December 1798

From William North, 15 December 1798

Duanesburgh, December 15, 1798

Dr Sir,

Well knowing the influence you justly have in the distribution of Commissions for the Army to be raised, & believing (since I have seen & conversed with him, which I had not for 7 years) that Mr North is as well qualified to lead a Company, as some others who probably will attain to the rank of Captain: I have directed him to present himself ⟨a⟩gain to you, & ask your interest in Obtaining ⟨his⟩ wishes: Was Mr N to be considered as a Citizen of this state, perhaps I might be more diffident with respect to his pretentions; but coming from the District of Main, which according to the antient System will be entitled to its share of Officers, I must consider him modest in asking only for the rank of Captain—His father is a man of respectability & property, & has always been a Whig & a federalist

I am with the greatest respect Your Obt Servt

W North

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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