I must beg leave to mention our distressed situation to your Excellency, as I am persuaded that Col. Campbell has neglected it.
Since we have had the misfortune of being taken by the militia, they have deprived us of all our Baggage and other necessarys, except what we had on in the action. We are now left without a Change of Cloaths, nor a farthing of money to bear our expence, a Circumstance never before Known in the army—our soldiers without Blankets, shoes, or even body Cloaths, and of course very
In justice to the officers and men, I must beg leave to request of your Excellency the Indulgence of Paroles for them to Charlestown, or otherwise to where ever the rest of the British Prisoners are to the northward; but should you think proper not to parole us to Charlestown, permission for myself & another officer to go there to draw money and other necessarys would be esteemed as a particular favour, & to return at any time limited by your Excelly.
The Letter wrote to Lord Cornwallis, & delivered to Col. Campbell, was only to inform his Lordship of our having fallen into your hands, & your Excellency knows that writing to his Lordship will not by any means immediately procure our wants, as there is so many things at present to attend to.