From Lewis Tousard1
Newport [Rhode Island] November 11, 1799. “Enclosed I have the Honour of returning to you the Letter which you directed to Oliver Elsworth Esq.2 The Frigate sailed last Sunday Week, and by this Time, I hope, is half Way where she is bound.…”
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Tousard was a major in the First Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers.
2. Letter not found.
On November 3, 1799, Ellsworth and William R. Davie sailed from Newport to join William Vans Murray in France (ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Foreign Relations, II, 307). The three men were to serve as Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary to France. See Theodore Sedgwick to H, February 19, 1799, note 1, February 25, 1799, note 4; H to George Washington, first letter of October 21, 1799, note 2.