From Theodore Meminger, 11 December 1799
Fort Mifflin Decr. 11. 1799—
I take the liberty of enclosing a Return of Deserters now in confinement at this place—
Permit me to intercede for the unfortunate Robt. Brown—belonging to Captn. Irvins Company—he has been in confinement upwards of a year—has been tried at Reading by the Court Martial assembled by your order—his confinement has been long & from some circumstances (known to me) I am induced to say hard—he has borne it with a degree of fortitude & resignation worthy a better fate—I have paid particular attention to his behavior & think am warranted in saying, he is a brave Man, void of duplicity & should he be released from his confinement—will prove a good soldier—
Much may be said in extenuation of his fault he was a young Recruit & had taken up an Idea that the Military authority was superior to the Civil—this led him to commit the Crime for which he is confined—
With Respect Your Obdt. Servt.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing "Return of Prisoners …," December 11, 1799 (ADS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover of the ALS from Theodore Meminger, H wrote: "
Acknowlege Rect. Acknowlege Rect.— Retain & remind me." In the left margin of the ALS, there is an "X" mark beside the line beginning "circumstances (known to me) I am induced...."