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Wilmington [ North Carolina ] July 20, 1794 . “Mon ame est navrée de douleur! Vous êtes bon pere, bon mari; Mes enfans n’ont plus de mere et moi j’ai perdu celle qui faisoit tout mon bonheur.… Heureux Epoux heureux pere, plaignez moi.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Tousard, a former captain of artillery in the French Army, was an aide to Lafayette in the American Revolution and...
I was extremely Sorry that my being on a public Mission at Baltimore prevented my waiting on you when you were lately in Philadelphia, and presenting you, or rather to the whole Army, my most Sincere congratulations on the choice the President has made of you for an Inspector General. Entirely devoted to the career which I have followed from my youth, which your kind interest procured me to...
I beg leave to remind you of the letter which you was so kind as to write, in my favour, to the President, for the rank of Inspector of Artillery which, by the law of last July, is to be chosen from amongst the Officers of the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers. As I hear that you are to meet at Philadelphia with the President, the Commander in chief and the Secretary of war, my application...
Newport [ Rhode Island ] March 10, 1799 . Encloses a copy of his instructions from the Secretary of War. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. James McHenry to Tousard, January 16, 1799 ( LS , letterpress copy, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). McHenry’s instructions to Tousard read in part: “1st. You will examine with all possible...
From a letter which I received lately from Mr. Rutledge I expected the Secretary of War would direct me, for the future, to apply to you in matters of service, such as the following requests which I had submitted to his consideration. Knowing the multiplicity of affairs with which you are charged; I will spare you the trouble of reading a long letter, and state my requests without inforcing...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 7th instt. I communicated it to the present Commanding officer, and have taken the command at Rhode Island agreably to your order. He inclosed to me a copy of your letter of the 15th. of Febry. to the contents of which I will exactly conform myself. I will bear in mind, in the exercise of my command, that I am not to be long stationary...
Newport [ Rhode Island ] March 25, 1799 . “… Auprès d’une ville, la Garnison reste souvent sand officers; on se croit à son devoir, parceque le fort n’est pas éloigné, et peutêtre au moment d’un évenement le fort seroit attaqué, avant qu’on eut pu avertir un seul d’entre les officiers.… il seroit essentiel que le General en chef commandant dans le departement Ordonnat … que dans les...
I have the Honour of requesting your Permission to assemble a general Court-Martial at the Garrison. There are a Number of Prisoners charged with capital Crimes. Enclosed are the Names of the Officers who may be convened with little or no Expense to the Public. Present { Capt. Wm. Littlefield Lieut. George T. Ross Lieut. Robert Overing Ensign Saunders Rogers. Capt. George Tillinghast Lieut....
Enclosed I have the Honour of transmitting to you the Monthly Return of the Garrison under my Command at Rhode-Island. The Quarterly Return of Ordnance, Military, and Quarter-Master’s Stores at Fort Wolcott on the 1st Day of April 1799 is also enclosed. The Indispensableness of building Barracks both for the Officers and Soldiers, renders necessary my early Application for Tents; to shelter...
Enclosed I have the Honour of transmitting to you the Proceedings of the General Court-Martial, which I convened agreably to your General Order of the 6th. April last. I enclose also my Approbation of the Sentences, which were executed accordingly. Several Reasons delayed the meeting of the Court. The new appointed Officers, except those in this Town, had no Regimentals; and, they sending...
Inclosed I have the honor of Sending to you a return of Clothing which are absolutely wanted to this garrison—and which I request you would order from the Stores to be Sent. Mr. Wilson going to Philadelphia I would request you to authorize him to attend to the forwarding of those clothing and also of the tents which you promised to have Sent, and which will Soon be of an unindispensable...
Acknowledging the Receipt of your letter of May 24th, I have the Honour of informing you, that out of the 46 Guns on Mr John Brown’s Wharf at Providence, 35 thirty-two pounders and one 24 have been transported to this place to be mounted in the several points or Islands which I am ordered to fortify. The ten remaining Guns, which are twenty-fours, are Ship Guns left through Mistake; the same...
I have the Honour of informing you of Major D. Jackson’s Arrival at this Garrison. Agreably to your Orders, of which we reciprocally exchanged the Communication, I am to make him known to the Troops as their Commandant to-morrow, and will have him charged with all the Details of the Duty and Service. We have immediately entered upon the Arrangement of the Troops which compose his Battalion,...
The inclosed copy of my letter to Captn. Wm. Littlefield, and the answer of that officer will explain to you the Subject which I have the honor of Submitting to your decision. In the moment when our generals are endeavouring to give to the Army that respectability which discipline and subordination can only obtain; It becomes highly necessary that Inferior Officers should never be Suffered to...
The Commandants at Fort Wolcott and Fort Adams have received by the last mail the Copy of your general order, transmitted to them from Boston by Major Jackson which lessens the allowance fixed by the regulations to be observed in the delivery & distribution of Fuel & Straw to the Garrisons on the Sea Coast. The Regulations, I allude to, signed by the Secretary of War, was transmitted to me, a...
A letter of the Accountant of the war Office to the Contractor at this place, mentions: “From this statement you will observe that there has been two deductions from your account, to wit—The amount of the inclosed voucher being 125 Dll paid by you to wm. Hunter for six months rent of a house occupied by major Tousard, rejected because the charge is uncommon—and therefore ought to have been...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] September 16, 1799 . States that “In general the Fortifications of the New England States are in the most Shabby condition,” that they have been incorrectly constructed by unqualified personnel, and that the mounted guns are altogether inadequate. Also states: “I may tell you, dear Sir, that as long as an Inspector of Artillery is not appointed and charged alone...
I am just returned from my visit to the Eastern Sea board, and have opened all the General orders of which I will officially accuse reception by the 1st mail. One article of that which relates to promotions Seems to let me Some hopes of Coming in for the vacant Lieut. Colonelship of the Second Regiment. if you think I am not to be considered in the case of the exception in extraordinary Cases,...
I received your letter of the 6th. of last Septbr. ordering me to visit or to send an officer to report on the situation of the Fortification at Portsmouth—Jacob Sheaff Esqre., having communicated to me the letter which you had wrote to him, I performed myself the operation, as I had the honor of writting to you from that place, so that your order suffered no delay—in the execution of it from...
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...
[ Newport, Rhode Island ] October 11, 1799 . “I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 2d instant and will be ready to attend your summon for repairing to Newyork this winter; and will let you know, as soon as my presence is not necessary for the works at this place for the Season.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Newport, Rhode Island, October 19, 1799. On November 6, 1799, Hamilton wrote to Tousard: “Your several letters of the third, fifth, ninth and nineteenth of October have been duly received.” Letter of October 19 not found. ]
I have delay’d informing you of the reason of your order of the 6th of October last relative to the removal of Captn. Littlefield’s Company to fort Jay not being sooner comply’d with your former for its removal to New Chester I received only at my return from the Eastern, where I had myself embarked Captn. Stoddart’s company to Boston on its way to Newport—The quantity of public powder in the...
Newport [ Rhode Island ] November 11, 1799 . “Enclosed I have the Honour of returning to you the Letter which you directed to Oliver Elsworth Esq. The Frigate sailed last Sunday Week, and by this Time, I hope, is half Way where she is bound.…” LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Tousard was a major in the First Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers. Letter not found. On November 3,...
With diffidence I submitt a few observations in addition to the vast and perfectly well intended plan which you was pleased to give me in communication. Although an officer of Engineers or Artillerists may have attained in the Fundamental School Some Knowledge in the designing of Structures and Landscapes, yet Drawing is considered as a science in which the officers of both denominations can...
As it is more easy to avoid an expence than to persuade the War Departmt. to pay for it, when it is incurred, I have the honor of submitting to your approbation, the following plan for me this approaching winter. You ordered me, for the winter, at or near New york. Major Hoops & myself are to execute the duty which you will prescribe. The immoderate expences attending the spending of a winter...
As it is more easy to avoid an expence than to persuade the war Departnt. to pay for it, when it is incurred, I have the honor of submitting to your approbation, the following plan for me this approaching winter. You ordered me, for the Winter, at or near New york Major Hoops & myself are to execute the duty which you will prescribe. The immoderate expences attending the spending of a Winter...
A letter which I receive from the contractor at Newport forces me to intrude upon your time, and to request your speedy decision, in order that he may not be at any loss for having advanced his money in execution of your orders for the arrangement and marching of the troops, and furnishing Supplies which the accountant now refuses to reimburse or pass to his Acct. 1st.   a Supply of tents. You...
I have received your Letter of the 22nd Decr. 1799, and will immediately proceed to execute your Orders to the best of my Ability. Agreably to your verbal Permission to choose a Cadet to assist me in that Commission, I have ordered Cadet James Wilson to perform that Duty. In order to entitle him to the Compensation for the Expenses attending his Stay in Philadelphia, it will be necessary to...
It being necessary that the Uniform of the Corps of Artillery should be included in the Regulations for their Order and Discipline, you will oblige me by ordering a Copy of that which you have lately fixed for them to be immediately forwarded to me. With great Respect I have the Honour to be, Sir, Your obliged and humble Servant ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X"...
It was in the Month of October last that I received your first Order to be ready to repair to the Vicinity of your Quarters, to be employed in forming a Code of Regulations, Instruction, &c. for the Artillery of the U. States. From that Moment I prepared Materials for the Purpose, and began in the Beginning of December to execute your Orders. From the enclosed Heads of the Chapters and...
Chapter 1st. Composition of the Corps, &c. Sect. 1st. Of the Composition of the Corps and its Uniform. Sect. 2nd. Arms and Accoutrements. Sect. 3rd. Infantry Duty, Colours, &c. Chapter 2nd. Garrisons. Sect. 1st. Of the Duty of Officers commanding in Garrisons. 8 Articles. Sect. 2nd. Of the Duty in Garrisons. 26 Articles. Sect. 3rd. Repairs and Fortifications. 2 Articles. Sect. 4th. Absence of...
I just receive a letter of Lt Dransy which I here inclose: The business for which he was Sent to Newport is far from being completed; and the usefulness of that officer who has already mounted ten Sea Coast Carriages, and has preparations for twenty more, is sufficiently obvious. who may continue the mounting as that officer can do? If it is necessary that an officer Should be Sent to his...
The Legislature of this State during their last Session has enacted a law ordering the Amount of the debt due to the U.S by the State of New york to be paid, during a certain number of years, on Condition that the whole should be employed on fortifying this harbour, and expended under the direction of the Secretary of War; 20,000 Dollars in the Sum appropriated for the year 1800. Employ’d in...
I have the Satisfaction of informing you that the President of the U.S. has ordered Mr McHenry to make out for me the Commission of Lieut. Colonel of the second Regiment, and that of Inspector of Artillery. Your testified Friendship for me is a Warrant for the Pleasure this Information will give you. I had the Honour of receiving your Letter of the 23rd. this Morning; I will immediately make...
Enclosed I have the Honour of presenting to you a List of the Vacancies which are to be filled up in the two Regiments of Artillerists and Engineers, with the Names of the Officers whom Lt Col W. S. Smith has marked as the most deserving to be continued in the Army, and transferred to the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers. The annexed Return will evince that the whole Expence for preserving...
Ce que j’avois prévû est arrive; après avoir été prévenir le Lt Col. Smith que j’avois établi trois rendezvous, et que J’allois commencer à éxécuter vos ordres. J’ai fait marcher un tambour et un fifre avec un Serjeant, quelques hommes et un drapeau. A peine ils étoient arrivés au centre du 13e Regt que le Major Ripley, quoiqu’il ne fut pas officier de jour, les a fait cesser, et leur a...
Cap-Français [ Santo Domingo ], September 6–9, 1802 . States that he has returned to General Charles Victor Emmanuel Leclerc’s staff in Santo Domingo. Describes Leclerc’s campaign to restore French rule on the island and replies to criticism in the United States of Leclerc’s conduct. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Tousard, a former captain of artillery in the French army, was an...