Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Cross, 5 November 1799

From Joseph Cross, 5 November 1799

Portland, Nov. 5 1799—


I have the honor to inform you, in answer to your’s of the 17th. October, that I obtained my furlough, the 16th. Sept. last.

Annexed to it, are the signatures of Nehemiah Freeman Capt. Comg. and of Lieut. Phillip Rodrigue Adjut. pro. tem. I beg leave to observe, however, that, though Capt. Freeman then commanded the district in which I was stationed, my furlough is subject to revocation, should the Major, (who was expected, when I left fort Jay) upon knowing the circumstances which prompted my application for, it not see fit to confirm it.

With the greatest respect, Obediently—

J. Cross cadet, Regiment

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Major-General Alexander Hamilton, Trenton—

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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