From William Eaton
Brimfield, December 23, 1809.
The bearer, Colonel John Eugene, of Leitensdorfer, served with me very faithfully in character of adjutant and inspector general in my expedition on the coast of Barbary, in 1805. He exhibited talents, courage, and perseverance. Before the battle of Marengo he commanded a regiment of Tyrolese chasseurs, He was extremely useful to us in passing the desert, and at Derne. He seeks an asylum in this country, and I hope he will find patronage.1 With profound respect, I have the honor to be, your excellency’s very obedient servant,
Printed copy (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Military Affairs, 5:457).
1. On 15 Jan. and 1 Feb. 1811 John Eugene Leitensdorfer petitioned Congress to “assign him a portion of land or grant him any pecuniary compensation as a reward for his services.” On 13 Feb. 1811 Congress granted him 320 acres west of the Mississippi and pay for his military service to the U.S. (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Military Affairs, 5:456, 457; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 2:617).