London 8th May 1782
William Woodley Esqr. [ ] of the British Horse in America is now going to New York, should this Gentleman in the course of his enterprizes happen to be captured in our side of the water, suffer this to introduce him to Your Excellency’s notice and favor; and especially I req[uest] that Mr Woodley may be supplied with such sums of Money for his support in captivity as shall be requsite, and that Your Excellency will be pleased to point out a proper person for this purpose, assuring such person that Mr Woodley’s draughts on London will be punctually paid. I have the honor to be, With the highest esteem & respect Sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Servant.
The contents of this Address are with proper deference and respect recommended to the attention of the General Officers and other Officers in general of the American Troops as Mr Woodley’s case may chance to require, and more particularly to the consideration of Lieut. Colo. John Laurens.