From Thomas Parker1
Winchester [Virginia] June 14, 1799. “… on examining the Hats that have been sent on I find they are destitute of Cockades and loops.… The Recruiting money has been Received & distributed there was only a Sufficiency sent on to Recruit forty four men to a Company at eight dollars man. An additional Supply will be Immediately wanted as Several of the officers of my Regiment have been verry Successfull.… only a part of the Cloathing has yet arrived I coud wish the remainder to be forwarded as soon as possable as It woud give vigor to the Recruiting service.… I shall be glad to receive your Instructions with Respect to the propriety of Inlisting apprentices as It has occasioned Some uneasiness amongst the Inhabitants.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Parker, a resident of Virginia and a veteran of the American Revolution, was lieutenant colonel commandant of the Eighth Regiment of Infantry.