Recommends Captain Robert Hamilton as Naval Lieutenant

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Date August 21, 1798
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Benjamin Stoddert (primary)
Summary Alexander Hamilton seeks a response to a letter he wrote two weeks previously about the appointment of his cousin, Robert Hamilton, to full lieutenancy. He desires to know the prospect of such appointment as soon as possible. Hamilton suggests his cousin as superior to Capt. Talbert, assigned to a frigate in port at the time.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; Robert Hamilton; William Ward Burrows; Captain Talbert;
Related Places New York;
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N. York Aug. 21. 1798 [pencilled "531" circled to the right]
A. Hamilton Esqr
respecting
Capt Hamilton

[in pencil in another hand: NN. Hamilton, Robert]
Dear Sir,
I, about a fortnight since, wrote to you on the subject of a relation of mine desirous of entering into our Navy and recommending him as a full Lieutenant; -- to which letter not having received an answer, I am apprehensive it may have miscarried You will oblige me by your opinion as speedily as convenient how far there is a prospect for him . I anticipate that there may be scruples from his character of foreigner; but on full reflection I am satisfied it is possible to carry this objection too far. The young man I recommend is every way worthy -- I really believe he will be an acquisition. It has occurred to me that Capt Talbot lately arrived who is to take the command of the frigate building here, though an excellent man, is not a thorough bred seaman. Such a man as Capt Hamilton would be an excellent second.
[closing and signature cut out]
[pencilled "Alexander Hamilton" in another hand beside the cutout]
The Secy of the [rest of the phrase cut out]