[dateline] Eliza. Town Augst. 23d. 1776
[salute] Dear Sir
who with his battalion is Stationed at Fort Stanwix, informs me no Regimental Paymaster
hath been appointed to his battalion, and Genl Schuyler does not conceive himself
Authorized to appoint one. Jonathan Dayton, a son of the Colo, is Recommended as a
proper person for that Station, his father offers to become Security for his faithful
discharge of the Office.2
Mr. Caldwell the Chaplain of that battalion3
is come down and informs me Genl. Schuyler would have Appointed Dayton had he been
Authorized, and Offers to Recommend him to Congress if Necessary. The young mans Qualification
can be known from Dr. Witherspoon. If no just objection appears Against him, I wish
a Commission may be sent to me for him.
I remain in a Weak infirm State. We are daily Alarmed with News of an Attack on this
Town but have hitherto escaped it. We hear the British Troops are busily employed
hanging the Refractory among them: may their business increse. I am Dear Sir, Your
Sincere Friend & Humle. Servt.