Dated Cloaster Sep. 10 1780
Pleas your Excellencie
Being perticular desired by his justices of the Peace of this County to Petition to your Excellencie for assistance the wicked and unconsidered soldiery due Intirely destroy the Schralenberg Naughbourhood. they have within this three days robbed the Inhabitants of Schralenberg Naughbourhood of five or six head of Cattle a number of sheep and hogs, fowels and allmost all their Corn Potatoes and other vegetables and in a violant manner abuse the well Effected in this Place running about with Clubs and Bayonets upon stikes by whole Companies as Bad as our Ennimie ever have done besides this they desert as the Inhabitants Inform me yestarday there is six desertered through that Naughbourhood from the Pansilvanie line one of then my men Got [w]hom I have sent to his Ridgment under Gaurd together with his Pilate being a Refugees wife from New york. If it Pleases your Excellencie order me to keep a subalterens Command in that Naughbourhood which would Prevent all or at least many of those Irregularities to the Great satisfaction of the wel Effected suffering Inhabitants in said Naughbourhood. I am in all respects with humble submission your Excellencies most Obidient subject
J. Mauritius Goetschius Major
Done in haste.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.