From Dowe J. Fondey, 12 December 1799
Union Camp Decr. 12th. 1799
Haveing been informed, that the appointment of a Brigade Inspector, to our Brigade is in contemplation the situation I am placed in, the anxiety I feel for the promotion of discipline in our new Military establishment, and when I reflect how much depends on the ability activity and attention of an Officer in that capacity—The favorable impressions Captain Kirklands conduct and talents as an Officer, has made on my mind, I beg leave will be considered as an apology to express my opinion, that I conceive him a suitable person for that appointment, and that should he be Honored therewith, it will result to the benefit of his Country and a credit to himself
I Have the Honor to be with respect Your Most Huml Servt.
D. J. Fondey
Major 12th. Regt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).