From Gillam Tailer
Cambridge Novr 1st 1775
May it please your Excellency
I beg leave to represent to you that I am a young person from Boston, where I have left my all. I have been brought up in the mercantile way but by reason of the unhappy situation of Affairs am now out of employ, should esteem it a great favor if yr Excellcy would bestow some Employ on me, that I may be of some little service to my Country, for which shall ever retain a grateful sense & am Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Hble Servt
Gillam Tailer (Taylor) became an ensign in the 2d Continental Infantry on 1 Jan. 1776. For a recommendation of Tailer, see Moses Gill and John Pitts to GW, 30 Nov. 1775.