From Adam Hoops, 12 May 1799
Fort Jay 12 May 1799
Last evening was lodged in the Guard house of this Garrison John Doyle a Soldier in the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers—He is sent from Rhode Island by Major Toussard in charge of Sergeant Peter ⟨La barres⟩. It appears that he is a deserter from Fort Mifflin—was Tried at Newport & sentenced to Receive one hundred lashes, which he has Received; and it was the opinion of the Court that he should be sent back to Fort Mifflin. Major Toussard Requests in his letter to me that I will take your orders on the subject and that Sergeant ⟨La bares⟩ may be sent back to Newport as soon as possible—⟨Morse⟩ a soldier of Capt Stilles Company of the 2d Regt of Artts & Engrs who was punished by sentence of the General Court Martia⟨l⟩ of which Major Wilcox was President Remains still confined in this guard house—Kirk a deserter from West point is also here in Confinement Major Fleming of the Ordnance department in the service of which Kirk was employed is advised of Kirk’s being here—Four men Walton—Denman—Morehouse & McLean were confined some time since by Lieut Dayton for Stealing Rum at New York and bringing it to Fort Jay. The practice of bringing Rum into the garrison is a very pernicious one and has been strictly prohibited—yet I fear it has too much prevailed Capt McClellen arrived yesterday in New York with him and the two officers (Lts Dayton and Livingston) here a Garrison Court Martial might be Composed. Hunt made an attempt to Escape—the other night but was discovered & prevented.
I am Sir with great Respect Your Mo Ob Sert
A Hoops, Mt
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "A Court Martial being now appointed the offenders can be tried. After this all such as may belong to other corps are to be sent to them in the most secure & least expensive manner." In the margin on the first page, there is an "X" in an unknown hand beside the line beginning "deserter from West point..." In the margin on the second page, there is an "X" in an unknown hand beside the line beginning "attempt to Escape."