From James McHenry, 16 April 1799
War Dept. 16 April. 1799
Capn. Willing, I understand will apply to you to obtain for him leave of absence from the U.S. during a voyage to China or the East Indies, and I find his relations have much at heart that it should be granted. I believe he means to relinquish any claim to pay, during his absence. This I consider indispensable. I wish for reasons I shall explain to you when I see you that it may not meet with obstructions upon your part.
Yours sincerely & affly
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ADf, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress).