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[ 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. ]
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.
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 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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...