To Campbell Smith, 25 November 1799
New York Nov. 25th. 99
I have just received your letter of the twenty second, and am sorry that I can not comply with your wishes.
It is not contemplated, as I know of, to appoint Division Pay Masters. A Deputy Pay Master General has already been appointed to reside in my district. I know not whether one has been appointed for the district commanded by General Pinckney.
I should not however think it delicate to recommend any person for that post.
Assuring you of my disposition to serve you I am with considn yr. obt. srt.
(LS, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, from the original in the New York State Library, Albany; Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).