Letter from John Hawkins to Jethro Sumner
Volume 15, Pages 662-663
JOHN HAWKINS TO GENERAL SUMNER.
By a determination of a Court-Martial held at Halifax by order of General Jones (which you are not a stranger to) a number of men were turned over into the continental service deservedly, but Sir I have to say something in behalf of John and Ratio Caps & George Bell who I am told comes under their sentence. These men
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after returning applied to G. Eaton for orders. He ordered them as I am Informed to join the troops then going into service which happened to be the light horse which I had the honor to command. Agreeable to his orders they joined and behaved well. This alters the situation of these men. They have all my discharges in consequence of the aforementioned orders. I think these men deserve your notice tho' I submit it to your better Judgment, and have the Honor to be with perfect respect,
Your most Obedient Servant,
14th Nov. 1781.