Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John A. Winans, 18 September 1799

To John A. Winans, 18 September 1799

New York Sepr. 18. 1799—


Your letter of the seventeenth inst. has been delivered to me. I not know that I can promote your appointment Situated as you are I do not think it advisable to promote your appointment in the regiment commanded by Cos. Ogden and Moore; unless you could can make it acceptable to those ⟨—⟩ officers. but I have however written to the Secretary of War on the subject expressing the favorable opinion which I have been lead to entertain of you, and requesting that your application may be accepted as far as is a Lieutenancy may be bestowed on you as soon as it can be done consistently with the rules interests and principles of the service.

With consideration I am, Sir yr obt. ser.

(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Acknowledges Winans’s letter of September 16, 1799. Letter not found.

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