From John Walker, 14 March 1800
Oxford March 14th. 1800
Private business of importance to me, requires my immediate attention. I have therefore to beg your permition to be absent from my duty at this Post, five, or six weeks. I should not ask the indulgence, if I thought the service would suffer. Major Winslow is Present,
I have the honor to be with sentiments of the highest respect and esteem your most Obedient humble Servent
Jno. Walker Major 14th Regt. Infantry
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).