From Amos Stoddard, 6 November 1799
New–port 6 Novr. 1799.
To settle my recruiting and contingent accounts for near 18 months past, I apprehend that my presence at the department of war will be necessary. Particular explanations of several items in my accounts may probably be requisite—which I cannot fully anticipate, nor perhaps so clearly delineate on paper. Under these circumstances I am induced to request a furlough of three weeks. This request I make with the more confidence, as I have a good officer to attend the duty of the Garrison in winter quarters—and particularly as I have not be absent from the sphere of my command since my engagement in service.
Were not Major Jackson absent, this application would have been made thro’ him.
I am, Sir, with all possible respect, Your very huml. Servt.
Amos Stoddard, Capt
2 Regt. Arts. & Engrs—
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).