Burlington New Jersey 31 March 1780.
May it please Your Excellency
At the Request of Mr Samuel Allinson an Inhabitant of this City I beg leave to Represent That I have been well aquainted with him for upwards of twenty Years. In the Early part of his life he practised the Law with distinction and Reputation; that to my Knowledge he is and has always been Reputed a Religious peaceable, and inoffensive Man and of Unquestionable Veracity.
I ask pardon for this Momentary Intrusion on Your Excys Attention to the More Important Duties of Your Station. Justice to the Character of a person who, with many others of the same persuasion has, in my Opinion, been wantonly insulted and undeservedly injured which at present seems in your power alone to Redress, has induced me to it. this I must and hope will Excuse the Liberty I have taken. With Great Respect I am Your Excy’s Most Hume Serv.
PHi: Papers of George Washington.