Camp Verplanks Agt 2nd 1780
We are extremely sory particularly at this important period of time to trouble Your Exellency with the present address—We are confident your Mind must be fully employ’d on the present occasion—Nevertheless the justice we owe to our own feelings; the sacred regard we are confident Your Exellency has for the points of honor which every Soldier ought to be tenacious off, induces us to flatter ourselves Your Exellency will hear what we have to offer and give it all the Weight it Mirits—We The Majrs of the Penna. Line conceive ourselves much injured in the present appointment of Maj. Macpherson to the command he is honord with in the light Infantry—They are Troops Your Exellency we flatter ourselves will do us the Justice to say we have now labourd and toild with for upwards of four Years—A love of our Country and an Attachment to Your Exellencys Person has carried us through every critical Situation and aleviated every hardship.
They are Troops in whom we have the utmost confidence and who we can without Vanity Assert We believe will have more confidence in those who have fought and sufferd with them; than they possibly can have in any other person—Besides Your Exellency will please to consider that independant of its being a post of Honor which is a circumstance that ought to cause emulation; It is a command of the pickd Men of our Line—by which draught our present command is renderd comparatively insignificant.
When Your Exellency was pleasd to confer the Appointment on Colonl Thury and the other French Gentlemen We only lamented we had not an opportunity of going into the Field with Men we ever took pride in endeavouring to raise to the Summit of discipline and Milatary reputation—Nevertheless We supported the Mortification without A Murmur confident the Appointments were dictated by policy, Which we can’t conceive to be the case in the present instance. We therefore earnestly pray Your Exellency will please to Appoint a Maj. from the line to the command of their own Troops: at the same time We pledge our honors to Your Exellency; that the request does not arise from a Petulance or a desire to be troublesome But from a point of Honour that we conceive ourselves intitled to it—And that our Feelings as Soldiers will be irripairably injurd if Your Exellency does not see proper to comply with our earnest request. We have the Honor to be Your Exellencys Obedt Servts
Thos Church Major
J: Moore Major
J: Talbot Major
J: Grier Majr
Jas Parr Major
James Hamilton Major
W. Edwards Maj.
Tho. Lt Moder Major
W: Alexander Majr 3rd Penna. Regt
George Tudor Major
DLC: Papers of George Washington.