From Joseph H. Dwight, 4 October 1799
Albany Octr. 4th. 1799—
Agreeable to the Secratarys orders I have to inform your Honor of the reason that I am not on duty, I have not as yet received any orders, and am now waiting your Honors pleasure in this place, If I am to recruit soon, I should consider it as a favor if I might be permited to do it in the State of Connecticut—Your Honor will please direct to me in this place—
With due respect Yr. Honors most Obt. & very Hble. Servt.
Joseph H Dwight
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H first wrote a question and answer: "To what Regiment does this Officer belong? 1 Regt." Below this, he wrote a draft of his reply: "He will immediately repair to Bennington in Vermont to be employed in the recruitg service. When arrived he will report himself to Major Buel & take his orders."