From William S. Smith, 11 April 1800
Union Brigade April 11th. 1800
William Hill a soldier of the 12th. Regt. a few Day’s past, having been to a neighbouring Dram shop, where he was induce⟨d⟩ to take a glass too-much, deserted, and was taken at the fishing place, on staten Island—and brought back to the Regiment—his Conduct is the cause of great distress to himself, and his associates, the best Soldiers of the Regiment they have shewn extream sensibility on the Subject—Permit me to call your attention to the enclosed Letter, addressed to me by the Officers of the 12th. and to assure you I shall be much gratified, if you will pardon him this first offence—If it should appear to you to be proper, to do it by a General order, I think it will be a stimulous to the good soldier, particularly gratifying to the officers of the 12th. & oblige, Sir, Your most Obedt Humble Servt.
W. S. Smith Lt. Colo. of ye. 12th.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing petition of William Hill, April 11, 1800 (DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); testimonial by fourteen non-commissioned officers (DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); Dowe J. Fondey and others to Smith, April 11, 1800 (DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).