From Edward Hubbard
Camp. Rays Town July 17 1758
Capt. Robt Stewart Writes me he shew’d you my letter—wherein I wish’d to be in the Light horse—and tho. he is Engag’d if ’tis left to his Choice—and you will not interfere in it—Give me leave to Accept the Friendship Colonel Bouquet has for me—who told me he wou’d ask it for me of the General—I wait your permission (if it is not promis’d, tho. indeed I’m afraid it is Col. Bouquet will Endeavor to get it for me) therefore as he is kind enough to Interest himself so much in my behalf—permit me Receive this favor. which will give me great pleasure and the more as I shall still Continue under your Command.1 I am Sir Your very Obedt Humble Servt
1. Although the antecedents of his pronouns are not always certain, Hubbard seems to be saying that, unless GW is opposed, Capt. Robert Stewart, Colonel Bouquet, and General Forbes will approve his application for a commission in Stewart’s troop of light horse. See GW to St. Clair, 23 June 1758, n.2. Hubbard was promoted to lieutenant in the Virginia Regiment in May 1757, and he was now, or shortly would be, serving as lieutenant adjutant for that part of the 1st Virginia Regiment at Raystown. He is suggesting here that he will be leaving GW’s regiment unless he is taken into the horse troop. He did in the end leave the regiment to serve as a volunteer with Bouquet and ultimately secured a commission in the British army. For Hubbard’s military career, see GW’s Orders, 6 Oct. 1755, n.4.