From Rufus Graves, 27 July 1799
Walpole, 27th. July 1799.
As several vacancies are probably about to be made, by the appointments of staff-officers, in my Regiment, permit me to recommend, respectfully, to your consideration, as Candidates for filling the same, Mr. Cyrus Perkins of Lyme, in this state, & Mr. Daniel Conner of Exeter—
The former is a young gentleman of public education, of pleasing manners, of unblemished morals, of a strong mind, active & enterprising, and of an uncommonly excellent taste & genius for the Military Art—He is strongly inclined to the profession of arms, & very solicitous for the appointment of a 1st. Lieutenancy (if that should be consistent with the mode of filling up) of which I think him eminently deserving—
No private connection or consideration influences me to this, but the known worth of the Man, and a firm conviction, that he would do honor to such an appointment, & render signal service to his country, by excelling in the military profession.
With Mr. Daniel Conner, I a⟨m⟩ not personally acquainted; he is a young man, bred to
me mercantile pursuits, & warmly recommended to me, by Mr. Oliver Peabody, our state Treasurer, and by Captain Henry Tilton, into whose Company he would probably fall. They are gentlemen ⟨—⟩, whose recommendation I respect, and Mr. Peabody’s letter I shall take the liberty to enclose—
With great Consideration & Respect, Sir your Obedt. Servant
R Graves Lieut. Col. Commt
16 US Regt
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Oliver Peabody to Graves, July 22, 1799 (ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There are several "X" marks in the left margin of the ALS, and two sets of brackets. The first set of brackets opens at the start of the first paragraph and closes at the end of the second, and the second set of brackets encloses the fourth paragraph.