From Lewis Tousard, 9 October 1799
Newport October 9th 1799—
Can you procure me the loan of a correct plan of the city and Harbour of New york. I am busying myself with laying down upon paper Some Ideas for their defense which I will transmi⟨t⟩ to you as Soon as they are completed—
With great respect Dr Sir Your most obed & very hble Servt
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark paired with a crude bracket in the left margin covering almost the entire first paragraph.