From William C. C. Claiborne, 23 December 1799
Philadelphia December 23rd. 1799.
I do myself the honor to enclose you, a Letter from Mr. John Irwin of Tennessee, soliciting the exchange of Daniel Jones, an old and infirm Soldier, for a young and able Recruit.
Mr. Irwin is a respectable and worthy Citizen, and from the Interest he seems to feel for Jones’s Welfare, I am sure Sir, that this Soldier is entitled to your favour and notice.
On this occasion, I must be allowed an appeal to your benevolence, which I am certain, will induce you, to direct the Exchange, provided, the public service should not thereby sustain an Injury—
I am sir, Very respectfully Yo: Mo: Ob: hble servt.
William C. C. Claiborne
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover reads: "Repr in Congress."