From Major General Horatio Gates
Boston 28th March 1779
I have the Honour to send your Excellency the inclosed Letter from The Major of The British 62d Regiment of Foot, as His Regiment are prisoners in Virginia, it is not improbable but Your Excellency may Grant his request, when I assure you Sir, that his Conduct here, has been, not only irreproachable, but perfectly praise worthy.1 the particular circumstances of his Lady, & Family, will I am persuaded excite Your Wonted Generosity Towards Them.2 I am Sir Your Excellencys most Obedint Humble Servant
1. For the enclosure, see Henry Harnage to GW, 27 March. This letter had been enclosed with one of the same date from Harnage, at Cambridge, Mass., to Gates requesting that he forward it with his favorable recommendation to GW (Gregory and Dunnings, “Gates Papers” description begins James Gregory and Thomas Dunnings, eds. “Horatio Gates Papers, 1726–1828.” Sanford, N.C., 1979. Microfilm. description ends ; see also Harnage to Gates, 9 Nov. 1778, and Harnage and Erle Hawker to Gates, 13 Nov. 1778, both in Gregory and Dunnings, “Gates Papers” description begins James Gregory and Thomas Dunnings, eds. “Horatio Gates Papers, 1726–1828.” Sanford, N.C., 1979. Microfilm. description ends ).
2. Harnage’s wife, Honour, was pregnant.