Rev. James Caldwell was a chaplain during the American Revolution. Below is a letter that he wrote during that time.
Albany June 11, 1776
I have nothing new to write – Nor time of that. Tomorrow I leave this with the remainder of our Baggage with instructions for our Battalion.
We are to be employed up the Mohawk River. A scene as agreeable as we can expect war to be – I hope by the divine blessing very useful.
I send you a pattern for a gown, which I met with yesterday, & which is thought a very great beauty. It cost £3.02 – which is very cheap compared with other things.
I shall take care that all letters left with Mr. Henry [Mercer] in Albany, shall be conveyed with speed to me. Let Mrs. Dayton know this – that her husband is well & in high esteem.
Help the dear Children. I give love to all friends
Given in the tenderest bonds