From Daniel Jackson, 18 February 1800
Newport February 18th 1800
I send you a Copy of a letter from Wm. Simmons Esq. Accountant Office—directed to me at Boston—which I have this day received, wherein he considers me not as a permanent Commandant, nor entitled to my extra Rations.
Sir, I am sorry to trouble you on this occasion, but as this lays me under a double embarrassment, by not having Quarters provided for me by Government on the Garrison, and the extra expences of being obliged to take them in a Town. I doubt whether the extra Rations & my pay will support me? I did not enter into the Service to accumulate an interest; neither do I wish to exhaust, that little I have gained by my own industry. My intentions were, when the subsisting difference had subsided, and when my service was not required to return again to a private life
I wish Sir your influance & direction respecting the Rations and in your determination I shall acquiece with pleasure.
Sir I am with great consideration & respect Your obdt. Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing William Simmons to Jackson, December 20, 1799 (copy, in Jackson’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover of the ALS from Daniel Jackson reads: "Before this is acted upon look up a letter from G. H. to PM Genl. on subject of double rations."