To Aaron Ogden, 9 May 1800
New-York May 9th. 1800.
I have received your letter of the 7th. instant, inclosing one from Major Adlum, offering a resignation of his commission. It is not within my general policy to attempt to detain Officers in the service who have once expressed a desire to quit it—Pursuing this impression, therefore, I Should have sent the Major’s letter to the Secy. of War, for the decision of the President in the case.
As, however, you have expressed a wish that a furlough be granted him with a view to prevent his resignation, I leave you to arrange the matter with Col: Smith, to whom you will shew this letter as an authority—
(LS, The Andre deCoppet Collection, Princeton University Library; Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). The second page of the LS is missing. The portion in brackets is taken from the Df copy.