From Moses Blackly, 26 February 1799
Huntington Feby. 26th. AD 1799
Selah Strong Esquire Informs me by Letter that He has recomended me to you as a suitable Character for an Officer in the Fedral Army about to be raised for the defence of the United States & requested your Influence on my behalf. A most Grateful Acknowledgement would take place on my part should you see proper to assist in such an appointment.
I am with the Utmost Respect your Excellencys obedient Sert.
NB. A Respectable Company of Young Men might be Raised on the Island
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).