To Horatio Dayton, 20 March 1799
New York March 20 1799
It is the natural
of course for you to take the Directions of your Commanding Officer Major Hoops on the subject of your letter—but if there be in your opinion any circumstance of a nature so peculiar as to require a personal application to me, Major Hoops at your request will give you the permission you desire. In the mean time you will no doubt pursue his direction
With consideration I am Sir Yr Obedt Servt
(Df, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).