Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Lewis Tousard, 25 February 1800

From Lewis Tousard

Philadelphia Feby. 25th 1800


It was in the Month of October last that I received your first Order to be ready to repair to the Vicinity of your Quarters, to be employed in forming a Code of Regulations, Instruction, &c. for the Artillery of the U. States.1 From that Moment I prepared Materials for the Purpose, and began in the Beginning of December to execute your Orders. From the enclosed Heads of the Chapters and Sections which are entirely completed, a neat Copy made, and which in a few Days I intend to carry myself to New-York for your Inspection, you may judge of the Progress of the Work. Having, for the rest, all the Materials in Readiness, you will perceive that the Work and your Orders have been carried on and executed with the utmost Diligence; and that more Persons being employed in it would only take the Credit, or at least Part of it, from me without being of much Assistance to me. You have already sent Capt. Izard for that Purpose,2 to whom I gave the manual Exercise of the Guns3 to translate.

I would have been extremely flattered with the Cooperation of more Persons in the Beginning of the Work, particularly Major Hoops,4 but I think that, considering the Advancement of the Work, I may present it to you in the Beginning of April without any further Assistance; and I expected, after two Months of Exertion to have done it by myself, when you ordered Capt. Izard to Philadelphia.

With great Respect   I have the Honor to be,   Sir   Your obliged and very humble Serv.

Lewis Tousard

Major General A. Hamilton.

LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1“Code of Exercises, Manœuvres, and Regulations, for the Order, Discipline, and Instruction, of the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers of the United States (D, partially in the handwriting of George Izard, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). See also H to Tousard, October 2, 1799.

3For the exercise of the guns as specified in the French ordinance of August 1, 1791, see MacDonald, French Infantry description begins France, Ministere de la guerre, Rules and Regulations for the Field Exercise and Manœuvres of the French Infantry. Issued August 1, 1791. Translated from the French. In Two Volumes. With Explanatory Notes and Illustrative References to the British, and Prussian Systems of Tactics, &c. &c. Volume I. By John MacDonald (2nd ed., London: Printed for T. Egerton, Military Library, Whitehall, 1806). description ends , 68–69, 130.

4H had ordered Tousard to cooperate with Major Adam Hoops in the compilation of this manual. See H to Tousard, December 22, 1799.

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