From John Page
[1 February 1781]
As I think it of Consequence that the Gentleman recommended should as speedily as possible receive his Commission, I have inclosed it by the first Conveyance I could procure. I think it proper to add that he served as a Captain in the Continental Army with Credit, and is esteemed as an excellent Officer, and was recommended by a full Court amongst whom was every field officer. I have not time to add more than that I am yrs. sincerely,
RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed; without place or date, but undoubtedly written from Gloucester co., and the enclosure (certificate of the Gloucester county court’s recommendation of “James Baytop Gent. as a proper person for Lieutenant Colonel,” signed “C: Pryor D.C.C.”) is dated 1 Feb. 1781.
Baytop was appointed; his military record is in Gwathmey, Hist. Reg. of Virginians in the Revolution.