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To Alexander Hamilton from John J. U. Rivardi, 15 November 1799

From John J. U. Rivardi1

Niagara [New York] November 15, 1799. Describes his plans for repairing the fort,2 and discusses the friendly relations between British and American forces stationed on the Niagara River. States: “Two Regiments have arrived at Quebec3 & the Brittish force which will remain in Canada this winter amounts To upwards of Eight thousand regulars exclusive of two provincial Battalions.”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1A native of Switzerland, Rivardi was a major in the First Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers and was the commanding officer at Fort Niagara.

3This is a reference to the arrival of the Sixth Regiment of Foot (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) at Quebec on October 14, 1799, and the arrival of the Forty-first Regiment of Foot (Welsh Regiment) at Quebec on October 24, 1799 (Charles H. Stewart, ed., The Service of British Regiments in Canada and British North America. A Resumé with a chronological list of uniforms portrayed in sources consulted. Based on regimental histories held in Department of National Defence Library [Ottawa: Department of National Defence Library, 1962], 93, 199).

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