From William Shepard, 7 August 1799
Westfield august 7—1799
My former acquaintance with you and the repeated Solicitations of a Lady of my acquaintance on the behalf of her son who is inlisted in to the Service of the United States in the Regiment commanded by Colo Taylor State of Connecticut in the Company Commanded by Capt Young of Wendham in sd State has imboldend me to State to you the Situation of her Son Daniel Bliss—Mrs Bliss the mother is guardian to Daniel She was appointd by the authority of the State of connecticut Daniel Bliss is a minor about nineteen years of age—put out an apprintice to his Elder Brother John Bliss of Tolland by his mother—but did not Bind him by any written indenture as the law requires, She Supposed there would not be any need of so doing as She was his mother and he being put out to his Elder Brother
She has applied to Some of the officers for his Discharge but not having a writen indenture to Produce agreeable to law She could not obtain his Discharge not with Standing She was refused by the officer She Still hopes you will consider him as coming fully within the Spirit and intention of your orders which was Issued Some time since against inlisting apprintices in to the Servi⟨ce⟩ of the United States
I have indeavourd to State her request as Fairly and Exactly as in my power as ⟨it⟩ has ben represented to me. Shall now Submit the matter wholly to your better Judgment and acquiess in the result
I hope Sir you will pardon me for troubling you with this letter—as I acknowledge it to be out of my line of Business—but on the frequent Solicita⟨tion⟩ of Mrs Bliss in behalf of her Son has induced me to write you She is Extreamly anxious to have her Son Discharged
I am Sir with due respect your obdient Humbl. Sert.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).