Pluckemin Hospital 21st May 1780
in [ ]er to Remove the well men of this and Baskin Ridge Hospitals to Camp. nine Deserted last night and said they would follow the Devision. the reason they gave for going off was that if they was sent to Camp they would not be Alowd to Join their Regiments this Campaign. I have sent after them this morning to have them Stopd and Confind. I thought it would be proper his Excellency Should be made [acqu]ainted with this Circumstance before I would [ ] remainder to Camp, as I am much [ ] the Whole will go off in the Same manner. there is barrack room Enough here for them if they Could be Supplied with provisions. I am Sir Your Most Obt Sert
Wm Reily Capt.
4th Maryld Regt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.