To James McHenry1
New York June 6. 1799
I return Mr. Patterson’s letter. It is not my intention immediately to withdraw more than Cochran’s & Henry’s Companies.2 The other troops may remain on the insurgents scene. I should prefer their remaining together. Perhaps the vicinity of Easton may be the best single station. But I am not without apprehension that the Troops may be corrupted by remaining long in a disaffected scene. Is there no well affected spot in the neighbourhood of Easton where they may answer the end?
J. McHenry Esq
ALS, Mr. Pierce W. Gaines, Fairfield, Connecticut; ALS (photostat), James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.
2. Walter L. Cochran and John J. Henry were both captains in the Second Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers.