Camp near Morristown April 16th 1780
To His Excellancy Genl Washington Commander in Chief of all the United States of North America &c. &c. &c.
The Humble Petition of John Alison Soldier in the fifth New York Regt in the late Captain Hutchins Company—Most Humbly Sheweth
Whereas your Excellancies Petitioner, having only Inlisted for the Term of three years, and that time being Expired the first day of January last past, and Whereas I made application to the Commanding Officer of the Regt for my Discharge, but Could not Obtain it, though I produced Evidence Sworn in Writing that I was only Inlisted for three years and no longer which Depositions I Inclose that your Excellency may see the fairness and Clearness of my Inlistment—Now Please your Excellancey I implore that you would see me Justice done in this affair, and your Petitioner as in Duty Bound shall Pray.
N.B. As the Commanding Officer of the Regt would give no attention to the affidavits produced and Sworn, without the Evidences personally appeared—I produced them personally, and yet would not Accept of them.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
New York State Jenerary the 17 Day 1780
ther appeared before Me David pese, Esq. one of the Good people Justice peace for the County of orange thomas allison Being of full age and Duly Sworn Upon the holy Avanglist of almighty God and Saith that Some time past that the Deponant was present when John allison the Son of Joseph allison Did Inlist In the Continantal Service as a Solder Under Amos hutchings Cn hutchings Insisted that allison Should Inlist During the war allison absolutely Denyed Inlisted any Longer than three years Nither would he Inlist for any time without Hutchings would Give from Under his hand that he Did Not Inlist for no Longer then three Years and further the Deponant Saith that he was presant when hutchings Did Give from Under his hand Unto John allison that he was Inlisted for no Longer then three Years and further this Deponant Saith Not
Sworn before me the 17th Jany 1780 David Pese Justice