New Goal Philadelphia August 13. 1783
To His Excellency George Washington Esqr. Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States of America.
The most humble Petition of Christian Nogell Serjeant of the 3d Regiment of Pensylvania Most humbly Sheweth
That your most unhappy and unfortunate Petitioner being accused of Mutiny, and by an Honourable Court Martial Sentenced to die—Your unfortunate Petitioner having Served as a Soldier &ca for Seven Years and five Months faithfully to the United States, without being Guilty of any Misdemeanor, The Crime your unhappy Petitioner is to Suffer for when Committed the fact, was insensible and thoughtless of the Consequence, he being too Young and unexperienced—Therefore the only hopes your most unhappy and unfortunate Petitioner has left, is to take the liberty to trouble your Excellency, convinced of the many Acts of Clemency and Humanity being bestowed on many, therefore most devotedly and humbly prays your Excellency will be pleased to Extend your Mercy and Benevolence upon your most miserable and unhappy Petitioner by Ordering such Relief as your Excellency will in your great humanity think proper—And your Unhappy Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray
DNA: Item 38, Reports of Committees on the Philadelphia Mutiny and the Peacetime Establishment, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.