From Thomas Parker, 18 May 1799
Winchester may the 18th 1799
I have received a letter from the Secretary of war refering me to you for Information Respecting the Code of military Instructions which Is to be observed in Raising and Diciplineing the Troops for Service
I wish to have them as soon as Convenient that I may distribute them amongst the officers
Mr Thomas Burk of Berkly county Is Verry Strongly Recommended to me as a Cadet. As It appears that Recommendations are to be made through the Commander In Chief—I Take the liberty of mentioning him to you—
I had the honor of Receiving your letter of the 6th Instant and am now making arrangements to Remove to this place
with Verry Great Consideration I have the honor to be Sir Your Verry Obd Servt
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Acknowledges receipt of H’s letter of May 6, 1799. Letter not found. On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "The Secretary at ⟨—⟩ has furnished such a number only as will ⟨—⟩ six copies of the Regulations for the order and discipline of the army to each Regiment. These Col Stevens the Agent for the War Department has been directed to forward. The instructions for the raising of the men in other words for the recruiting service have been long since forwarded & are understood to have been received by him. But ten more sets are now forwarded."