From John J. U. Rivardi1
Niagara [New York] November 15, 1799. Describes his plans for repairing the fort,2 and discusses the friendly relations between British and American forces stationed on the Niagara River. States: “Two Regiments have arrived at Quebec3 & the Brittish force which will remain in Canada this winter amounts To upwards of Eight thousand regulars exclusive of two provincial Battalions.”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. A native of Switzerland, Rivardi was a major in the First Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers and was the commanding officer at Fort Niagara.
3. This is a reference to the arrival of the Sixth Regiment of Foot (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) at Quebec on October 14, 1799, and the arrival of the Forty-first Regiment of Foot (Welsh Regiment) at Quebec on October 24, 1799 (Charles H. Stewart, ed., The Service of British Regiments in Canada and British North America. A Resumé with a chronological list of uniforms portrayed in sources consulted. Based on regimental histories held in Department of National Defence Library [Ottawa: Department of National Defence Library, 1962], 93, 199).