With regard to Encouragements in Money and in land, for Soldiers to inlist during the War, I have ever been in favour of it as the best Oeconomy and the best policy: and I have no doubt, that rewards in Land, will be given after the War is over. But the Majority are not of my mind, for promising, of it, now. . . . I am the less anxious about it, for a reason, which does not seem to have much weight, however, with the majority: Although, it may cost us more, and We may put now and then, a battle, to a hazard, by the method We are in, Yet We shall be less in danger of Corruption and Violence, from a Standing Army, and our Militia will acquire Courage, Experience, Discipline and hardiness in actual Service. I wish every Man upon the Continent was a Soldier, and obliged upon Occasion to fight, and determined to conquer or to die.
Flight was unknown to the Romans. . . . I wish it was to Americans. There was a flight from Quebec, and worse than a flight from the C dars. If We dont attone for these disgraces, We are undone.
A more exalted Love of their Country; a more enthusiastic Ardor for military Glory; a deeper detestation, disdain, and horror of martial disgrace must be excited among our People, or We shall perish in Infamy infamy. . . . I will certainly give my Voice for devoting to the infernal Gods, every man, high or low, who shall be convicted of bashfulness, in the day of battle.
P.S. Since I Wrote the above was written, Congress has accepted the Report of the Board of War, and appointed Dier and Chapman, Majors. I had much pleasure in promoting Dier, not only from his own excellent Character, but from respect to my good friend his father.