To Caleb Swan, 31 October 1799
N.Y. Oct. 31. 1799—
The letter, herewith sent, from the Asst. adjt. General states facts—The employment additional Clerkship was matter of absolute necessity, and compensation is conceived to be due. Under these circumstances of the military at the time, the aid of Officers could not be more extensively called in, and if it could have been done an extra compensation would with propriety have been expected as incident to the nature of a constant and laborious service.
You will please to Communicate with the Secy. of War and obtain his sanction if necessary.
With great consideration &c.
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).