New York December 18th 1782
May it please your Excellency—the Petition of John Channing, & Peter Taylor humbly settetth forth that having been for many Years Freeholders & residents in South Carolina, from whence they retired long before the present unhappy war took place, and have lived the one for upwards of fifteen, & the other twelve years in Great Brittain, from whence they are this day arrived in the Rosbuck Packett, desirous to return to their Possessions in South Carolina, humbly request of your Excellency permission to pass through the Jersies to Philadelphia & there to apply to Congress.
Also Aaron Loocock, arrived in the same Packett, an Inhabitant of Charles Town, who left it soon after the Capitulation, humbly craves to be included in your Excellency’s permission. And your Petitioners as in Duty boun’d will ever pray
DLC: Papers of George Washington.