Philadelphia Feby 20th 1781
To His Excellency George Washington Esquire Generall and Commander in Chief of the Armies of the Thirteen United States of America
The memorial of Thomas DeWees late Barrack Master of Philadelphia, Humbly Sheweth.
That a few Weeks Ago he was tried by a General Court Marshal, Sentenced to be Broke And to have the Sentence thereof Published in the English & German News Papers.
Your memorialist in the most Supplicant manner begs and Intreats Your Excellency from Your Honourable and Generous Sentiments, that You will please to Remitt the last part of the Sentence, I mean the publication, as it will be the means of Ruining a disconsolate Wife and a Small but Growing Family, besides a large Family Connection, numbers of whom has faithfully Served their Country, and has the Honnour of being Known by Your Excellency, I beg Sir, for the distresses of the Afflicted, that you in Your Goodness Will Grant my Request, And in Real Gratitude Your Memorialist as in Duty bound, will Ever Pray.
We the Subscribers Members of the General Court Martial by Which Mr Thomas DeWees Was tried, Beg leave to Recommend him to Your Excellency’s Clemency, in Particular on Account of his Wife and Family
Thomas Forrest President
Members Leonard Cooper Captn
Wm Mattox Cptn
Jonn [Leigh] Lieut.
[ ] Lt Indd
Andw Nixon Capt.
We the following subscribers, beg leave, to intreat your Excellency to revoke that part of the sentence prayed for in this Petition; which will alleviate the distresses of an Afflicted family.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.