From Eli B. Clemson, 7 September 1799
West Chester Sept 7th. 1799
Agreeable to a publication Issued by The secretary at War Which Reached me This day I accordingly Hasten to report Myself to your Honor Informing you I Await your Orders With Attention and Pleasure, if Expedient I could be on the Recruiting service in Lancaster Chester Or any of the adjoining counties I think I Could have vary good success your Honor will be pleased to direct your Letter or Orders to downingstown post Office
And vary much Oblidge your Obedient Adhearer
Eli B. Clemson
2nd Lieut 1st. U.S Regt. Inft.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H’s endorsement reads: "Rct. Acknowleged. Filed in the particular bundle."