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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...
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...
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...
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...
[ 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. ]
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...
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...