From James Read, 25 November 1799
Fort Jay, November 25, 1799
Lieut. Osborn informs me that his ill state of health will not possibly admit of his going to Ellis’s island where ye regular attendance of a Physician cannot be had.
Lt. Stewart has Captn Stille’s permission to take his place and is willing to do so should it meet your approbation
I am, with great respect your obt. servt.
Captn 2d Regt A&E
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).