From Peter Robinson, 7 October 1799
George Town Delaware October 7th. 1799
Having understood by a Letter from the Secretary at War, dated 11th. March 1799, that I was appointed an Ensign in the first Regement of Infantry I took the earliest opportunity to inform him of my Acceptance of that appointment.
I now take this method to inform you that I am ready to Obey any Orders you may please to favour me with, directed to the Post Office George Town Delaware.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "He will proceed to Wilmington & take the orders of Major Cass." There are an "X" mark and a crude bracket in the left margin beside the first paragraph. The bracket starts on the line beginning "1799, that I was appointed..." and ends on the line beginning "I took the earliest opportunity...."