From William Willcocks, 17 May 1800
Union Camp—May 17th. 1800—
The very sudden disbandment of the Regiments, has placd a number of Officers in a most embarrassed situation. Of this description is Lieutenant Wands—It is by his sollicitation, and the most cordial acquiessence on my part, I take the liberty, to beg of the Commander-in-chief, if he knows, or should know, of any vacancy, of Quartermaster, or Lieutenancy in one of the old Regiments, that he would think of Mr Wands. And altho’ I am very sensible of the littleness of this business, in the great Scale of both your military, and civil concerns, yet I am flattered with a certainty that your benevolence, will induce a remembrance of an Officer in distress. With confidence I can say, Mr Wands has been a very zealous, industrious officer—
I well know, your feelings and sentiments, have anticipated every thing I could relate, of the impression made, upon our Brigade, by the late extraordinary Proceedings of Congress, and therefore avoid any detail—
We anxiously expect the honor of a visit from the Major General, and this anxiety, is even increased from the late Occurrance—If disorganizers desert us, we feel a confidence that our General will not—It is indeed true, that in proportion, as our proficiency in the military Art, will I think, afford you much satisfaction, it must of course, be a subject of mortification and Regret.
However, as I have ever been much of a predestinarian, so I think all this busines⟨s⟩ will operate for the best—And in that, persuasion, Remain With the highest respect, Your, Obdt. Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark in the left margin beside the line in the first paragraph beginning "of Mr. Wands. And altho’ I am very...."