Fort, Pitt, August 19th 1781
In the beginning of last Winter, Coll Brodhead received instructions from Genl Wayne, directing him to make returns of the Officers of the 8th Penna Regt. He observed that the Subaltern Officers could not retire with the Emoluments, there being a deficiency of that description. But in a Postscrip signified, that it was necessary that all the Officers should Sign their respective names to serve during the war.
As nothing of that kind had been made necessary by the Arrangement, the Idea of putting down the Subalterns names for the war appeared to be novel, We being upon Command were not sent for, And we find that our Names are left out of the Arrangement, of the Penna Line without cause.
Wherefore as the head of the Army and the Advocate of the injure’d, we beg leave to apply to your Excellency to order this error to be correcte’d.
Our Rank in the Army After suffering every fatigue and hardship of war, we highly prize and it is our highest Ambition, to Continue Under Your Excellencies Command to the end of the Contest. With the most perfect respect we are your Excellencies most Obedt, Hble servts
Arch. Read Lieut.
James Morrison Ens.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.