To Lewis Tousard, 24 May 1799
New York May 24. 1799
I am The Secy of War has informed me, that there are forty six Iron Cannon chiefly twenty four pounders belonging to the U States, which are lying on the wharf of Mr. John Brown of Providence, If they have not You will determine the number and has desired me to instruct direct you to report to me the number wanted for the several defences at Rhode Island, and the other harbours in that quarter where we have fortifications, and respecting which, he says, you are already instructed; in order that the Cannon may be sent to the places of their destination.
As the expressions are
understoo indefinite, I do not understand what is meant by the other harbours in that quarter. ⟨As they But your⟩ I presume they must intend the fortifications at Boston & further Eastward. But ⟨as⟩ the knowlege you will derive from your previous instruction will enable you to understand ⟨a⟩nd comply with the object of the ⟨present dire⟩ Secretary: I therefore request that you will without delay report ⟨—⟩ me accordingly.
With great consideratn I am Sir Yr. Obed St
(ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).