I did myself the honour to apply you in writing some days ago, to be Employed in your army; as you have not yet favoured me with a Letteral answer, and my situation becoming every day more critical, or from the disgrace of an humiliating & undesserved inactivity, either from the miseria I am subjected to, I beg Leave to address you an official petition.
I had the honour to be detached to the southern department to be Employed according to my rank, or in commanding a regiment of Light infantry, if some formed; either to the most conducive to the public interest.
From that resolve, General Lincoln Least campaign gave me the command of the Light troops in his army.
After the campaign I went to Philadelphia, and in the month of September Congress permitted me to return, & to take again the same command.
During the besiege of Charlestown, General Lincoln thought proper to give me the command on the Eastern shore of Cooper river; I was ordered the 26th of April to Evacuate these posts
At your arrival in the army, I did myself the honour to communicate you that order, and you promised me to be Employed. On Little river, I purposed you an Expedition against Gorge town, and I begged you would apply to General Caswell for having men from his divisions; you promised me rather South Carolina militia, of Pedee, but it is given to Master Harrington.
I took the Liberty to make you an application for a Light infantry, at the Least camp; you answered me that the men would serve under their own officers. I have already informed you of the petition which Major Armstrong made to me, to serve with his regiment under my command; and of the favourable disposition of the North Carolina private militia for me; you invited General Caswell to give the command of his Light infantry to Colonel Porterfield. I wish sincerely the advantages of the country, and if Colonel Porterfield may render more service than I do, give him, sir, that command.
There is another Line, wherein I may be Employed. You are perhaps unacquainted that, in the campaign of 1778, I have been appointed in the general order to act in the capacity of a military quarter master, as it is practised in the European armies; and General Washington gave me several testimonies of approbation in that campaign. If you do desire, I shall act in that Line; nevertheless, I desire to have some artifice detachement during the campaign.
In short, sir, Congress has detached me in the southern department to be Employed according to my rank; I wait upon your commands in writing.
Give me Leave, sir, to observe you, with all the respect I ow to your rank, that as an officer, as a gentleman & foreigner, I do feel, as far as it is possible, my situation. I Lost my bagages & horses in Leaving Charlestown. My horse has been lately stolen by the army; I am without servant, any accomodation of camp, Lying in the wodds without blanket, and any rank or station in the army. Such a statement cannot be acknowledged by Congress, neither supported by a man of Education & sensibility.
If I am not employed I shall not be satisfied from my Earnest desire to serve, but I shall not be injured; an injustice does not dishonour the sufferer.
I am here among many hundred men who served under my command. I do refer my conduct to their judgment.