The Honble. Brig. Genl. Sumner,
Since my letter of yesterday the officers have honour’d me with their recommendation to you to be sent with the Commissioners for surveyg. the lands Granted as a reward for the officers and soldiers of the Contl. Troops of the state. The small consideration of my service as a Physician, or surgeon, I am conscious would not induce you to approve of my absence for the time such a long journey and tedious service would require. My Knowledge in surveys and Quality of land, I must confess equally inconsiderable, but notwithstanding my want of practical knowledge my utmost assiduity and every opportunity I can make use of to render myself of service on this occasion shall be exerted to do honour to their opinion of my merit.
Being informed that the borders of the lands on which the survey is to be made are inhabited by Spanish subjects, if any advantage should derive from information, &c., I shall be able to interpret their language. If you are pleased to honour me with your approbation the favour of your orders on this subject expressing the place of meeting, time, &c., will be expected before all the troops are discharged as it is extremely dangerous travelling through this State alone or in small parties.