From Daniel Jackson, 12 September 1799
Fort Independence September 12th. 1799
I have received a Copy of a letter from you to Majr Tousard disolving questions in points of Military duty arrising between him and Capt Wm. Littlefield and your opinion and orders on the same.
I think the Quarantine Laws refered to by Capt. Littlefield, must have some reference to my orders, which I made Major Tousard acquainted with before I issued them at Newport—and for this reason I enclose you a Copy; but if the question arrising was, to have my order countermanded I expect my Superior Officer will give me direction to have them discontinued or altered accordingly: but if the orders were to be given by my Superior to my inferior in Rank, without my information it would be making me a figure, a blot, a nothing in Command, and in Military discipline: I am sensible Sir, this is not your intention, & I am in hopes is not the case—but if Major Tousard has countermanded my orders, I think he ought in point of Military duty, have given that direction to me first, or when I made him acquainted with them, which I thought indispensably my duty, he being an older Officer than myself.
I have received your letter of the 29 Augt. with its enclosures and shall comply with your order respecting the dischargeing of Samuel Richardson whenever I shall be able to procure that information recommended. I also have enclosed Copies of two Soldiers Discharges that have been mustered out, and I have taken the liberty to sign them—if you do not approve of this method I wish for your information.
I shall be able to procure me Quarters ⟨—⟩ Newport in all October—if I do not receive different orders I shall then proceed for that place
I am Sir with the greatest Respect your huml. Servt
P.S. I have heretofore given directions to have the Companies in my Battallion Mustered the first day in each month, weather permitting. I am informed by Capt. Lemuel Gates, that the Pay Master Genl. has arrived at head–Quarters and has given him different directions: I wish for your influence, that this information may be given to the Commanding Officers
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing "Battalion Orders," June 16, 1799 (copy, in Jackson’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); dismissal certificate of Levi Gates, September 2, 1799 (copy, in Jackson’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), and discharge, September 10, 1799 (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); dismissal certificate of Edward McGowen, September 2, 1799 (copy, in Jackson’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), and discharge, September 10, 1799 (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There are five "X" marks in the left margin of the letter from Daniel Jackson marking certain passages throughout the document.