Philadelphia the 23d August 1781
Having heard of a Resolution of the Honble the Congress for exchanging the Officers of the Convention; I take that Opportunity to reccomd myself to Your Excellency, being extremely anxious to go into the Field and to Show my good will in being useful.
I Served ever Since the Invasion of General Provost in the Southern Departement, the different Events of War in that part of the Continent gave to me an Opportunity of acquiring Some Knowledge of the ground of the Southern States, which induces me to believe [my] Services might Be of Some Utility.
As I apprehend that the delays of a Negotiation and the length of the journey should make me reach the Southern Army too late; I beg Your Excellency would be so good as to order my Certificat of Exchange to be Sent to me without delay with an order for being furnished with horses, that I may repair to the Army with the utmost Speediness. I am with the greatest Respect Sir Your Excellency’s Most hble mot obdt Servant
Lt. Colo. Engears taken
prisonr in Charlestown
NN: Emmet Collection.