From Lewis Tousard
Philadelphia November 28th 1799
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.1 Major Hoops2 & myself are to execute the duty which you will prescribe. The immoderate expences attending the spending of a winter at New york forbids my admitting even the thought of it. To be in any small town near New york, we shall either have to correspond with you, or to repair, say every fortnight, to New york, to present you the result of our work and receive fresh orders. In that supposition, and if Major Hoops has no objection to it, I will request your permission to receive and execute your instructions in Philadelphia, where my family is now removed and where I am not exposed to incurr more expence, than may be covered by whatever allowance you will please to fix to the other officers in that case. Every week or fortnight as you would order it, one of us would repair to New york.
Your complyance with my request and a speedy answer to determine my plan will highly oblige me.
The use also of the war office library may be a great use for assisting us in the discharge of that duty.
With the greatest respect I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedt & obliged Servt
Major General Hamilton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. See H to James McHenry, October 1, 1799; H to Tousard, October 2, 1799; Charles Cotesworth Pinckney to H, October 5, 1799. See also H to Pinckney, October 1, 1799, in which H requested Pinckney’s consent to his plan to employ Tousard in the preparation of regulations for the artillery (listed in the appendix to Volume XXIII).
2. Adam Hoops was a major in the Second Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers.