Petition of Peter Mildeberger, 7 December 1799
December 7, 1799
Most Humbly Sheweth
That your Petitioner enlisted in the Twelfth Regiment of the United States after which he imprudently deserted the Service.
That your Petitioner was apprehended, ironed, and imprisoned in the Garret of a House, that from the dread of the punishment attending desersion your Petitioner was induced in his then situation at the risque of his life to leap out of the Window, which has so injured your Petitioner that he is apprehensive he never can be able to serve the united States as will appear by the Certificate herewith annexed.
Your Petitioner therefore most humbly prays that he may have a discharge and be released from his present confinement.
And he will ever pray &c.
We do recommend the Subscriber to your clemency
Abrm. Van ⟨Boskerck⟩
on verso: Upon the principle that the within named Peter Mildeberger can no longer be serviceable to the United States, I join in the within recommendation. Decr. 4th 1799.
Jacob De la Montagnie
(DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing certificate by Benjamin Prince, November 28, 1799 (DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).