War Office March 17th 1781
I am directed to enclose for your Excellencys consideration the within papers from the British prisoners of War under confinement in this City. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your Excellencys most Obed Hbl. Servt
Jos. Carleton Secy
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Philladelphia New Prison 14 March 1781
The Humble Petetion of they British Prisoners at Philladelphia To Your Excellency
Most humbly sheweth, & sets forth, our unhappy sittuation, which at this present is deploreable, having a Very brief sickness and deadly fever Arangeing amongest us, which in a Very few days illness, has Carried Off, A many bold, & youthfull, active, Soldier. Also the Case is Miserable, being in want of Necessaries, Clothing, Blanketing, &c. for want of such, the General part [of] us, Are much distressd and almost Naked.
The surgeon, who visits the Hospital, behaves Very attentively, he being a gentleman of this Town, exerts his utmost duty towards the Sick—Several applications has been made, to New York to Officers there, but has never been Answered in Any measure, for Clothing &c. &c. nor, supply has been Answered, so; that we, look upon our selves to be Entirely forgot, which makes our Case the more Unhappy—There are some Soldiers here, has been Captured, betwen four, & five years and have not Received any Subsistance, This we deschribe, our selves Unto your Excellency—hoping not to Offend, nor wish your displeasure.
We Conclude your Excellency’s—Most Faithfull, Humble, and Obedient Servants at Command, bold British Soldiers Prisoners of War.
New Prison 17 March 1781
To the Honourable the Board of War, at Philladelphia 17th March 1781
The Humble Petition of the British prisoners—Most humbly Sheweth unto the Honourable Board—The Necessity of Our application, for a Serjeant, to be granted Permission on Parole, to New York; to Solliciting Our Commander in Chief for Clothing, Necessaries, Blanqueting, Subsistance.
As they whole of us here are much distrest and in a most Miserable situation, & Afflicted with Sickness—With Humility and Obesience We combine and address our selves, to The Honourable Board; for a Serjeant to be permitted on Parole, to Convey a Letter to our Commander in Chief, such Serjeant, having Permission, & Limmitted Time, to Receive Clothing &c. &c. as may be Committed to his care. Shall Depose upon Oath; to be have as Becometh Him Faithfully, and Honourably Return according to His Permitted Time of Such Parole. I have the Honour to be with due Respects, the subschriber yours Most humble & Obedient Servant
Serjeant Thomas Quartermon