From George Washington Duncan, 19 March 1799
Castle William Boston Harbour March 19th ’99
I should not presume to call your attention even for a moment, did I not conceive that the object of my present persuit comes immediately under your direction, As the berths of Pay master and Quartermaster are to be fill’d from the line of the army and as those must be Lieutenants, may I presume to stand a candidate for either of Offices, there has not as yet been any appointments of that kind in our regiment, oweing we suppose to the new organization of the Army; I hope my former recommendations, (which still remain with the Honble. the Secratary of War) will prove sufficient should they not, I am confident there will be no difficulty in forwarding others, I hope however that those powerfull recommendations which insured to me the appointment which I now have the honour to hold will answer the present purpose.
Permit me to remain with Respect Your obedient Servant
Geo Washington Duncan
Lieut in the 2nd. regt Atl & Engineers
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "Answer Qr. Master & Adjutant will be appointed by commandant of the Regt. Pay Master chosen by the Officers."