To William S. Smith, 22 August 1799
New York August 22nd. 1799
I send you some papers from which it would appear that Lieutt. Laidlie, who is now connected with your regiment, has dismissed a soldier from pecuniary considerations; at least that he has committed a great impropriety in discharging a man whom he had regularly enlisted. I request that you will make immediate enquiry into the case, and report the circumstances to me as soon as possible.
With great consideration I am, Sir &c: &c:
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).