From Eli B. Clemson, 10 September 1799
West Chester Pennsylvania Sept. 10th. 1799
Being favoured with a good Oportunity & for Fear of Miscariage of a Letter dated the 7th Inst. from me, According to the Secretary at wars notification I take the Liberty of Informing you I await your orders at the Above prescribed place ⟨wi⟩th Attention ⟨or⟩ a Letter directed to downingsto⟨wn⟩ ⟨—⟩ Office Pennsylvania Will be attended to By Your vary Obedient Servt.
Eli B Clemson 2nd. Lieut
1st US Regt Infantry
Note I would rather wish to be on the Recruiting Service if you could be pleased to order it so in Lancaster Chester or some of the adjoining Counties in Pennsylvania
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).