To James Barnum, 3 May 1799
New York May 3. 1799
Your letter of the 13th April has reached me, and your desire of entering the army as Major will be made known to the Secretary of War
altho together with the favorable opinion expressed of you by Col Taylor, there is as yet no vacancy.
with true consideration &c
(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Acknowledges receipt of Barnum’s letter of April 13, 1799. Letter not found.