From Philip Church
Albany, June 12, 1799. “… My Second Lieutenant went yesterday at New Burgh to bring up my Cloathing, which is there, so that, I shall certainly commence recruiting the latter end of this Week. I have seen some Soldiers from Niagara who have been discharged having served their time; one of them stays with me intending to enlist when I shall have received the Cloathing. In my conversation with them I was astonished to find how lightly they talked of desertion assuring me that it was very common, but that the deserters when recovered were never punished.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.