To Colonel John Patton
Morris Town 14th Aprill 1777
Your favor of 7th Instt with a Return of your Regiment came to hand two days ago,1 & am sorry to find that your Officers are so slow in the Recruiting Service—The Company you intend to March2 in a few days you will order directly to head Quarters, unless countermanded.
The Expences that necessarily arise to recruiting Officers I believe is much increas’d, but at same time cant help remarking, that (by every Information I receive) they spend a great part of their time in Idleness & Dissipation, to the great detriment of the Service & increase of Expence.
As to the additional allowance for recruiting I can do nothing in it, as I am intirely govern’d by a Resolve of Congress on that head, If the Board of War upon application to them will allow it, I am perfectly Satisfied. I am Sir Yr mo. Obedt Servt
LS (photocopy), in John Fitzgerald’s writing, NjP: Armstrong Collection; LS, sold by Sotheby, Parke-Bernet, New York, sale no. 4588E, item 182, 28 April 1981; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft and Varick transcript are dated 12 April 1777.
1. The draft of 12 April, which also is in Fitzgerald’s writing, reads: “Your favor of the 7th Inst. with a Return of your Regiment I this day receiv’d.”
2. At this place in the draft, Fitzgerald wrote and struck the words “send off” and then inserted “March” above the line.
3. In the draft Fitzgerald wrote and then struck the word “faults” in front of “Crimes.”
4. At this place in the draft, Fitzgerald wrote and struck the word “any” and then inserted “the public” above the line.