Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Mangin, 11 January 1799

From Joseph Mangin1

New York, January 11, 1799. States that he was originally hired to supervise the construction of the batteries for the defense of New York City, that he was subsequently hired to fortify Governors Island, and that he is now city surveyor. Complains that he is not adequately paid. Describes his qualifications as an engineer and asks Hamilton for a military rank.2

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2This letter is in French.

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