To Lewis Tousard, 5 April 1799
New York April 5th. 1799
By the inclosed Copy of a General
Court Martial Order you will find that I have appointed a General Court Martial of which Captain William Littlefield to be president. It must if possible consist of not less than Seven Members. I authorise you to summon in my name for this purpose any of the Officers mentioned in the inclosed list, besides those of the Garrison You will also name a person to officiate as Judge Advocate.
It belongs to the Commandant of the Regiment to appoint a Quarter Master Serjeant. I however approve of your having appointed one provisionally.
Your suggestion respecting a provisional Subaltern will be attended to hereafter—
With great consideration I am Sir Your obed Servt.
(copy and Df, both in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing a list of names of officers to serve at a court-martial (D, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).