From William Pattersen1
[Kingston] Ulster County [New York], March 5, 1797. “As you are the only persen I think I Can with Safty apply too to assist me in giting my Militerie Lot2 as it is well known I have faithfull Served my Country it gives me the more Confidence to Crave your assistance. I must inform you that I have found my Discharge and have it Now in my Possession. I have found Blanchar the Person who took out the Patent Deed for my Lot No. 32 in Cato3 he Lives in Cats kill town in the County of Albany.… I must beg the favor of you to write me a Letter of advice as Soon as you Receive this or as Soon as you think it Necessarie (which will perhaps be after you have made Some inquiry in the business) I shall again inform you whre I Live which is in Franklin township Huntingdon County on the Little Juniata River State of Pennylvania.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Pattersen (Patterson) served in the First New York Regiment during the American Revolution.
2. For land bounties pledged to soldiers from New York for service during the American Revolution, see “An Act for granting certain Lands promised to be given as Bounty Lands by Laws of this State, and for other Purposes therein mentioned” (New York Laws, 7th Sess., Ch. XLIII [May 11, 1784]).
3. On July 7, 1790, Pattersen was granted five hundred acres in Lot No. 32 in Cato, the third township in the military tract (The Balloting Book and Other Documents relating to Military Bounty Lands in the State of New-York [Albany, 1825], 31, 114, 117). The patent was delivered to John Blanchard (The Balloting Book, 173).