From John W. Patterson, 18 October 1799
Union Camp Octr. 18th. 1799
I’ve the Honor to inform you that I find the Milatary Life incompatable with my private interest; It is with infinite regret, I am induced to resign the Commission I hold, so honourable to myself.
Considerations far exceeding any personal Interest or Honour, make it necessary, I now do it with extreme reluctance as the Milatary life would be my choice.
Sir I Have the Honor to be With Sincere Esteem Your
J W Patterson
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "I regret &c. Through his Colonel."