To His Excellency Abner Nash, Governor, &c.
At the request of a number of our Constituents, we beg leave to represent to your Excellency That, by the removal of Colonel Philip Alston to a considerable distance from Cumberland, and the resignation of Lieut. Col. Matthews, The Offices of Colonel and Lieut. Colonel of the Militia are at present vacant in this County; and as we have reason to apprehend that any doubt or dispute about Rank or Precedency, at this critical period, might be attended with confusion, and even Danger, to the peaceful Inhabitants of Cumberland, we have to request That you would be pleased to nominate two Gentlemen to fill these Offices during
Under his direction we have reason to believe that the Militia of Cumberland might be induced to render more essential Services to This and the United States than if headed by any other Person. Fond of the Man, and confident of his Abilities, They would gladly undertake & cheerfully execute every order he issued. Major Emmitt, who is ignorant of this application, (should he meet with your Excellency's approbation,) We are certain will be deficient in no part of his Duty; but as he has been unaccustomed to a regular Army, and of course to Officers well acquainted with their Trade, We presume he would be the properest Person to recommend a Lieut. Colonel for your Excellency's approbation. At no period of the war did this County so much require Men of Abilities, Experience and Perseverance as at the present; but even these virtues, unless they are assisted by Unanimity among the superior Officers, will not avail.
The appointment of Major Emmett to the Command of the Regiment, with a Lieut. Colonel he should approve, we really believe would be attended with numberless good Consequences; and therefore we sincerely join with our Constituents in praying that your Excellency may be pleased to grant the Requisitions contained in this Letter.