From Joseph Mangin1
New York, January 11, 1799. States that he was originally hired to supervise the construction of the batteries for the defense of New York City, that he was subsequently hired to fortify Governors Island, and that he is now city surveyor. Complains that he is not adequately paid. Describes his qualifications as an engineer and asks Hamilton for a military rank.2
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background to this letter, see Mangin to H, August 7, 1798; Ebenezer Stevens to H, November 29, 1798. See also the introductory note to H to James McHenry, June 1, 1798.
2. This letter is in French.