From Selah Strong, 3 June 1799
New York, June 3, 1799
Nathaniel Smith, of Smith Town Suffolk County, Son of Jeffery Smith Esqr. a firm Federalist aged about Twenty five years nearly Six feet high—a Steady Well Disposed young Man, without family—at present Commands a Light Infanty Company in the Militia and acquits himself with Great Honour—Wishes to be appointed a Captain in the Army of the United States—
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).