July 23d 1783
The bearer of this Mr Clarke was an inhabitant of the City of Philadelphia and went off with the british Army when they left that place in—78. He is an old acquaintance of Col. Lawrens’s the late President of Congress and was introduced to me by Lt Col. John Lawrens his Son as a very deserving character altho he had been unfortunate in joining the enemy. He rendered us considerable service in matters of intelligence and he has relieved many of our distressed prisoners. Nor has he ever done the least prejudice to any of our friends since he has been with the enemy but on the contrary offered them all the service in his power. From these considerations I have given him a letter to the President of the State of Pennsylvania; and beg leave to recommend him to your Excellencys good offices. He is a man of education a good Moral character and of an inoffensive disposition. He did some services to the british Army while they were at Philadelphia in barracking the Troops; but he acted only to Mitigate the calamities of the Citizens and had neither [favor] or reward for his services. Those things will no doubt operate against him from the Acts being obvious to every one and the motives only known to himself. I am with the greatest esteem & regard Your Excellencys Most Obedt humble Ser.
MiU-C: Nathanael Greene Papers.