Philad’a Feb’y 28. 1781
The Inclosed letters for Mr Carter the unworthy Son of a very worthy Father I must beg in his name and my own may be sent with a flagg to New-York as soon as possible, as he must stand in the greatest need of assistance. He fell into the hands of the Enemy in a stupid drunk in publick, I hope the accident may bring him to his senses, if it doesn’t nothing will—I am extremely glad to hear you are sending us assistance and hope you can with convenience spare it. If the french fleet had come on with about 2500 Men, a very few days would have put the Traytor, his Army and fleet into our hands, as Baron Steuben is on one side of him with at least 3000 Men and those being on the other side he could not have escaped I am Your most affec’t & most obed. Serv’t
Printed Source--Frederic Richardson Kirkland. Letters on the American Revolution in the Library at "Karolfred." (Philadelphia: 1941)..