From Ebenezer Stevens, 23 April 1799
New York 23rd. April 1799
I purpose in the 1st. Monday in May next to commence working on the Fortifications on Governors Island, and have engaged about Fifty Men from the State of New Jersey, for that Object—
As the Quarters I erected for the laboring Men last Summer, is at present occupied by the Troops, it will be necessary, that a Number of Tents be furnish’d for the Soldiers, who will be oblig’d to remove therefrom, to accommodate the Workmen—I would thank You to order about Sixty Tents and a Marker or two to be Sent forward from Philadelphia for Said purpose, which will Save the Public from the expence of Erecting another Building—
The Clothing for the Detachment of Troops under Command of Lieutt. Leanord, I have forwarded to Albany, agreeable to your Orders
I have the Honor to be Sir Your Mst. Hble St.
I shall Want an Engineer for a little time on the Island—the Troops under Command of Leutt. Dayton, I have muster’d, & furnish’d him with the Muster Roll, your letter is duly deliver’d—
(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LC, New-York Historical Society, New York City). H’s endorsement on the cover reads: "Twenty four Summer Tents & 3 horsemens Tents. Secy requested to forward these. Told him verbally that Major Hoops would act as Engineer." There is an "X" mark in the left margin of the first page beside the line in the first paragraph beginning "Men from the state of..." and another "X" mark in the left margin of the first page beside the line in the second paragraph beginning "to be Sent forward from...."