To James McHenry, 8 November 1799
NY. Nor. 8th—1799
send enclose to you a letter from Lt. Wands who bears in his regiment the character of an useful officer. He has been particularly serviceable in the recruiting business. Unless there be something ⟨—⟩ or a special interposition in his favour improper I think it would be attended with advantage to the public If it is not thought that the precedent would be an inconvenient one I think the service would be benefitted by a compliance with his request.
With great respect &c
(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown and Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).