The Wife and Children of a certain Jeduthan Everitt are repeatedly sending me word of their Distresses occasioned by the Loss of absence of their Husband and Father, & in the most humiliating manner beg me to say something to you in his behalf. This Everitt was a delinquent with many others, some of which were permitted to serve a tour of 3 months, but he was returned for 12. Why Everitt was singularly treated with this rigour, I’m not able to say, but am conscious could he have the same indulgence would with eagerness serve. I believe he is now about his neighbourhood, tho’ I do not know anything of where he is certainly. I would not, for any Consideration, say a word for the abandoned, but am in this affair actuated altogether from a principle of sympathy with this man’s unhappy family. Be so Obliging as to signify your sentiments of which I’ll acquaint his family—should he be relieved consistently ’twould save a poor distressed Woman and her children.