From Campbell Smith, 23 March 1800
Philada March 23d. 1800
I have the honor to inform you that I yesterday received a letter from Lieut. Col. Butler desiring me as soon as possible to join the 4th Regiment
as soon as possible—that having from the conversation I had with the Colonel before he left town anticipated this order, I applied a few days since to the Paymaster General for the settlement of my account, to the end of this month and have been refused—I must hope your interference Sir and that you will order me to be paid to enable me to proceed—I think it would be but justice too that I should receive the promotion, to which by the custom of our Army, I have become intitled by the resignation of Capt. Thomson of the 4th. Regiment some time since
In the expectation of a line from you I am—With the highest consideration, Sir your most obdt Servt
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There are two "X" marks in the left margin of the document, one beside the line in the first paragraph beginning "hope your interference Sir..." and the other beside the line in the same paragraph beginning "resignation of Capt. Thomson...."