From William S. Smith, 16 December 1799
Union Camp Decr. 16th. 1799.
I have the Honor of presenting two Letters recommending Mr. Thos. Arrowsmith as a Lieut. in the 12th. Regt. the respectability of General Fred. Frelinghuysen’s name, and that of Jonan. Ford Morris, Brigadier General in this State—(new jersey) aided, by his personal appearance will I have no doubt, be a sufficient inducement to think favourably, of his pursuit—he is twenty one years of age, look’s firm & healthy and having seen him in Camp Several times, am favourably impressed, by his manners and deportment—I have requested him to wait on you personally, concluding that a personal inspection will be more satisfactory, than simply to rely on, Letters of introduction—
I have the Honor to be Sir Your most Obedt. Humble Servt.
W. S. Smith 12th. Regt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Frederick Frelinghuysen to Smith, December 10, 1799 (ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); Jonathan Ford Morris to Smith, December 10, 1799 (ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover reads: "Filed Pending Application."