From Josias Carvel Hall, 20 October 1799
Havre-de-Grace Octr. 20th—99
Agreeably to your’s of the 20th of Septr. I have used the best means in my Power to be informed of the Character & Qualifications of the Officers of this Regt. without discovering the Reasons why it was done. On the Result of which, joined to my own Observation, I now with Fredom submit to you the following
Capt. Lloyd Beall, is much respected in George Town, his Place of Residence. He writes a good Hand is well acquainted with Figures & with the Detail & Duties of a Regt. I think him well qualified to discharge those of Inspector.
Lieut. Danl Hughes Adjt. very ready with his Pen, has been brought up to
⟨—⟩ Business. Well acquainted with the Duties of his Office & very capable of Instruction. He would make a good Inspector
Capt. Brothers writes a very good Hand, is conversant with Figures—is very highly recommended for his Integrity, Regularity & Industry—my own Observation does not contradict it. He does not appear yet sufficiently recovered from the Effects of a severe Illness last Winter to do his Duty in the Line: But quite equal to those of the Quartermasters Department.
I have not mentioned Major Beall, because if I have the Regt. this Winter, his attendance is indispensible
With great Consideration I am Sir Yr Most Obt.
Jo. Carvl Hall
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover reads: "Filed in peculiar bund. Recommendation for staff Appointment."