From Josias Carvel Hall, 18 September 1799
Winhorn an other Deserter has been taken tryed & his Sentence will go forward tomorrow One of our Sergeants, to whom it was necessary to advance some Money upon the Occasion, pursued two or three Days before he took him. I know not that he can regularly claim the Reward: But for his Fidelity & Activity he deserves it. I will thank you for your advice on the Subject. I can Order a Soldier on the Pursuit, tho’ I can not compel to use the same Exertion that the Hope of Reward will—If it can not be allowed I must pay it myself. I am in hopes I shall take most of the Others in the course of a Month if they do not leave the State.
With great Consideration I am Sir Your most Obdt Servt
Jo Carvel Hall
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover H’s endorsement reads: "Reward for apprehendg Deserters. See Recg Inst."