From Benjamin Brookes, 16 October 1799
Upper Marlbro October 16. 1799
It is with pleasure I inform you (After a Summer of confinement Attended with great pain of body and considerable Antiety of Mind, as well on Account of My limb which was in a doubtfull state for some time, as My Absence from a Command which required My presence), that I have so far recovered as to Move About on a Crutch, and the Moment I can dispence with It, will set out to Join the Army, and take command of a Station so Honorable as that of New York Garrison
I am Sir, with Great respect your Obed. Servant
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "I am very glad &c. It is indispensable that he should be at his post by the first of December. I therefore trust that it will without fail take place."