From Joseph Cross, 5 November 1799
Portland, Nov. 5 1799—
I have the honor to inform you, in answer to your’s of the 17th. October, that I obtained my furlough, the 16th. Sept. last.
Annexed to it, are the signatures of Nehemiah Freeman Capt. Comg. and of Lieut. Phillip Rodrigue Adjut. pro. tem. I beg leave to observe, however, that, though Capt. Freeman then commanded the district in which I was stationed, my furlough is subject to revocation, should the Major, (who was expected, when I left fort Jay) upon knowing the circumstances which prompted my application for,
it not see fit to confirm it.
With the greatest respect, Obediently—
J. Cross cadet, Regiment
Arts & Engineers
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).