To Staats Morris, 2 May 1799
New York May 2. 1799
Should you have with you a careful Officer to whom you can with safety entrust the command during your absence you can have leave of absence for a fortnight. should further permission be then indispensable, you will let me know & inform me of your reasons.
with true consideration I am Sir Your obed Servt.
(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).