Sir: Your favors of the 7th and 9th Inst. I received and was much pleased to hear of the Zeal of the people of Connecticut and the readiness of the Inhabitants of the several Towns, to march to this Camp upon their being acquainted with the behaviour and desertion of their Troops. I have nothing to
Inclosed I send you a list of the Officers and Companies under the New establishment, with the number of the Men Inlisted; the Return only came in to day, or I would have transmitted it before.
Having heard that It's doubtful, whether the Reverend Mr. Leonard 58 from your Colony, will have it in his power to Continue here as a Chaplain, I cannot but express some Concern, as I think his departure will be a loss. His General Conduct has been exemplary and praiseworthy: In discharging the duties of his Office, active and industrious; he has discovered himself warm and steady friend to his Country, and taken great pains to animate the Soldiery and Impress them with a knowledge of the important rights we are contending for. Upon the late desertion of the Troops, he gave a Sensible and judicious discourse, holding forth the Necessity of courage and bravery and at the same time of Obedience and Subordination to those in Command.
[Note:Abiel Leonard, chaplain of the Third Connecticut Regiment; chaplain of Knox's Continental artillery through the year 1776. He became insane in 1777 and died in 1778. ]
In justice to the merits of this Gentleman, I thought it only right to give you this Testimonial of my Opinion of him and to mention him to you, as a person worthy of your esteem and that of the Public. I am Sir, &c.