From John J. U. Rivardi
Niagara [New York] June 12, 1799. Reports that “The British Garrison continues To Work with all Speed at Fort George.… Captn. Pilkington1 who is the Engineer comunicated all the drawings relative To The execution of the place with a confidence extremely pleasing. It is him who constructed fort Miami & he has lent me all the papers in his possession by which I Shall be able To frame a Plan.…” States that progress is being made on the repair of Fort Niagara, but if the work is to be completed, the soldiers must receive extra pay for extra work.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Robert Pilkington entered the British army in 1787, transferred to the Royal Engineers in 1789, and was ordered to Canada in 1790. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1793 and to the rank of captain lieutenant and captain in 1797. He was the engineer in charge of the construction of Fort George, the British garrison across the Niagara River from Fort Niagara.