Rutland 28th Octr 1780
May it Please your Excellency
I did myself the Honour to write to your Excellency a Letter in March last wherein I took the Liberty to Inform you that I had the Misfortune to be taken on my Passage to Georgia on the 7th of April 1779 and Brought up to this Place, where I Have Remain’d ever Since.
A Little Before my Departure from New York, I sent a Petition to the Prince of Hesse Cassels requesting the favour of Him to Permit me to Quit the Service & to Return Home being now an old Man of Sixty One years of age, & above Forty Two years in the Service.
The Cause of my Troubling your Excellency with this Letter at Present, is to Implore your goodness in granting me Permission to go into New York on Parole along with Lieut. Studenrath who is my Nephew and Taken with me at the Same time, as I am much afraid of the winter, having Suffer’d so much by the Severity of last years.
Your Excellencys kind Complyance to the above request will alwise be faithfully acknowledg’d by Your Excellencys Most Obedient & Very Humble Servt
Johann Christoph Koehler Colonel of the Hessian Troops
PHi: Gratz Collection.