From Joseph Phillips, 14 February 1800
Philadelphia 14th. Feby. 1800.
I am sorry to inform you that by attending the funeral procession of the late Commander in Chief in this city on the 26th. Decr. I took a violent cold which brought on a Rheumatic affection of the acute kind that has Rendered me unable to comply with your orders. I am at present on the Recovery and hope shortly to be able to set out for Tennessee (to join the Regt. to which I belong) agreeably to your directions.
enclosed Sir you have further testimony of my Situation—
I have the honor to be Sir, your Most obedt. & most Humble Servant
J. Phillips Surgeon
4th. U.S. Regt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing certificate of Joseph Strong, February 14, 1800 (ADS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).