Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 1 October 1799

To James McHenry

Newyork Octor 1st. 99


I wait for your instructions concerning the regulations proposed to you with respect to objects of extra expence.1 As soon as I receive your direction I shall issue orders for having the regulations carried into effect.

With great respect   I am, Sir

If it shall be agreeable to General Pinckney to whom I have written on the subject,2 it is my wish to employ Major Tousard during the winter, in assisting me to prepare regulations for the service of the Artillery, and at fortifications. As this officer is now employed by you on a special commission3 I wish to know whether there is any thing in that commission which will interefere with my wish.

Secretary of War.

Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2H to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, October 1, 1799 (listed in the appendix to this volume). H wrote to Pinckney about this matter because Lewis Tousard was “annexed” to Pinckney’s “command.”

3For Tousard’s “special commission,” see McHenry to Tousard, January 16, 1799, which is printed as note 1 to Tousard to H, March 10, 1799.

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