Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Thomas Ustick, 20 April 1799

From Thomas Ustick, 20 April 1799

New York April 20th 1799


Since handing you my note requesting to have my name offered for a Commission in the Provisional Army, I have thought that it might not be improper to inform you that I at present depend upon my profession for a subsistence which whenever I may be called into service must cease and that then the pay which I may receive will be my only support, if therefore I should obtain a subalterns commission only I should have innumerable pecuniary difficulties to encounter.

Since Sir you have been so polite as to tell me that you would prevent the necessity of my producing recommendations respecting character, I have procured none, but, refer you if you wish to make any Inquiry to Richard Harison Esquire, And in order to shew that I am not wholly unacquainted with Military duty I beg leave to observe, that I have been for near four Years a private and non commissioned officer in the Company of New York Rangers; and to shew by the enclosed certificate that I am at present a Lieutenant in the Company of Federal Guards.

I have the Honor To be Sir Your Humble Servant

Thos Ustick

Major Genl. Hamilton

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing a certificate by Jacob Morton, April 19, 1799 (ADS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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