To James McHenry, 5 May 1800
NY. May 5th. 1800
Enclosed is a copy of a letter from Major Tousarde.
I think this It is probable that this officer can now be employed in superintend with more advantage to the public in superintending the fortification of this harbour, than in any other occupation service. As And as he is the oldest officer of Engineers, except Col. Burbeck now in the Western country, there is a propriety in his being attached to my Head Quarters.
As however he belongs to the battallion under the command of General Pinckney I have
not thought it proper necessary to obtain your consent to the proposed arrangement—
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How and H, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).