From Mathew Arbuckle, 14 October 1799
Greenbrier Octr. the 14th. 1799
From the publication of the Secratery at war it appear nesasery for me to Report why I am absent from my Regt. I have never Reced. any orders since I Reced. the appointment, althoug⟨h⟩ I have Twice ⟨wrote⟩ on to the war Office, I am now In compleat Readiness and wait your Orders
I am sir, with great Respect your Obt. Hunbl. Servt.
2nd. Lieut. 3rd. U.S. Regt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ALS [with minor differences], Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "He will repair to Wilmington & put himself under the command of Major Cass."