From Thomas Bullitt
Vases [Vause’s Fort] March 24th 1757
as I have not bin Troublesom to you with Cilicitations on Acct of my Brothers prefermt make free this Opertunity with Something of that sort.1
It may appear uncommendable for a Brother offering any thing of the Like In behalf of Another still as he was Very afficious in Recruiting for your Regt (winter was a Year) and Raised fifteen men (the promise of which, was Terms many your Officers Obtained their Commisions on), and since have served as a Cadit,2 this must be sinking a small Country Living, (which is Certain Bread with Frugality & Care), for an Uncertainty, while we only Injoy provincial Commissions. Tho. as I am Very Cencible my Brother is Desirous of serving his Country. Hope you will Take him into Consideration and if Vacancy’s & Establist will admit provide for him,3 Otherwise Let him know it. Except4 your Regt is Like to be on a better Footing or he Can shortly obtain a Comn. I am sir your Most Obedt Hble Servt
1. Bullitt struck out the word “my” before “Cilicitations” and the words “to write to you” after “free.”
3. Benjamin Bullitt was listed as an ensign in the Virginia Regiment on 12 June 1757. Later in the summer he, along with Capt. Robert Spotswood and others, was killed while on a scouting expedition toward Logstown, Pennyslvania.
4. Bullitt is using “except” in the sense of “unless.”