From James Read, 8 November 1799
Fort Jay, November 8, 1799
I received yours of ye 6th inst. wherein you wish to be informed of ye accommodations we might afford Majors Brooks and Toussard for ye Winter.
The Quarters here are very ill contrived—the rooms are large, but not at all calculated for convenience—If Capt Stille and myself have each a room, there will be then two officers in each of ye others. Should we live together, one of ye Gentlemen might be easily accommodated with quarters provided he has no family; otherwise he may perhaps find them inconvenient.
I am, most respectfully, your obt. Servt.
Captn 2d Regt A&E
PS. The officer of Capt. McClellan’s compy and ye Surgeon of ye Garrison are included—
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover reads: "Filed."