From John McClallen, 6 June 1799
New York 6th. June 1799
I have collected from the most extensive Importers in this City patterns of white flannel and common Linen; to shew the utility of adopting the flannel in preference to the Linen.
The former is more durable and it will afford greater comfort to the Soldier than the latter; it may also be the means of continuing him in good health, especially when removed from a Northern to a Southern Climate where he of consequence will be subject to be exposed to heavy dews—
I have annexed a statement and affixed patterns of the Cloths, with the prices—
|4/4 wide, of which 3 1/2 Yards are requisite to make a
Shirt—at 35 Cents per Yd. is
|4 Shirts (a soldiers annual allowance)||4||$4,90|
|Flannel||3/4 wide—3 1/2 Yds to make a Shirt at 37 Cts
per Yd is
|3 Shirts to be his annual allowance||3|
|1 Yd. of Linen (which is sufficient for 2 dickeys)||50|
|18.7 1/2||439.2 1/2|
|in favr of the flan⟨l⟩||50.7 1/2||Mills|
I humbly submit the within statement for your inspection; with an expectation that an experiment may be made on the Company, I am shortly to recruit
I have the honor to be, Sir Your very Obt Servant
Jno McClallen Capt.
1st Regt A & Engrs
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).