Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Lewis Tousard, 3 October 1799

From Lewis Tousard, 3 October 1799

Newport October 3d 1799—

Dear Sir

I am just returned from my visit to the Eastern Sea board, and have opened all the General orders of which I will officially accuse reception by the 1st mail. One article of that which relates to promotions Seems to let me Some hopes of Coming in for the vacant Lieut. Colonelship of the Second Regiment. if you think I am not to be considered in the case of the exception in extraordinary Cases, and that I am entitled to the Rank—I would Suggest to you respectfully to leave Major Jackson at Boston, & as during my Stay in the Eastern remaining with my family at Newport—the General Orders which are first addressed to me I would have put in execution in the two companies and afterwards transmitt them to Boston—thus two field officers of the Same Corps may be more usefully employed when separated on Such an extensive district than by being at the Same Station—This is with diffidence and Confidentially Submitted to your Consideration—

I am proceeding to embark Captn. Littlefield’s Compy. as Soon as Captn. Stoddart, which is on march is arrived to this place—

With the Greatest respect I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your most obliged & Very hble Servt

Lewis Tousard

The President left Quincy monday last on his way to the Seat of Governmt—I need not claim your long Known and acquired good offices in that occasion in my Favour


(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). There is an "X" mark in the left margin just below the line in the first paragraph that begins, "if you think I am not to be..." and another "X" mark in the left margin just below the line in the first paragraph that begins, "first addressed to me I would...."

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