Claims and Memorials
To The Honorable Alexander LESLIE Esquire Lieut.|
General and commanding His Majesty's Forces in the
Southern District of North America &c &c &c
The Petition of Robert PHILLIPS
That Your Petitioner took arms for Government in 1775 and soon after was forced off the Province and take refuge in East Florida where Governor TONYN was pleased to appoint him Lieutenant of the East Florida Rangers.
In that Corps he remained untill the arrival of General CLINTON at Savannah when finding that the Rangers were not ordered into So. Carolina his desire of being on that Service, and revisit his helpless family induced him to resign his Commission without any Consideration in Lieu and he came a Voluntier under the Command of General PATTISON.
Upon the Surrender of Charlestown Your Petitioner went into the Country to look after his family and property but finding the Loyalists harrassed by the rebels he resumed his former Militia Command of Lieutenant under his Brother John PHILLIPS Colonel of the Jackson's Creek Regiment and with him and many others was made Prisoner, while escorting Col: TARLETON's wounded towards Camden the 21st January 1781.
He was conducted to Virginia and there exchanged. He forthwith joined Earl CORNWALLIS and with Him was again made Prisoner.
Your Petitioner has received no Pay since March 1780, his Property is entirely destroyed by the rebels and therefore he is under the necessity of applying to You for such relief as Your Justice may think meet. And your Petitioner as bound shall pray
Charlestown South Carolina
We do hereby certify that the above named Robert PHILLIPS was one of the first who joined other Loyalists of So. Carolina in the Year 1775. And further that all the facts alledged in the above Petition are known to one or other of us to be true.
The petitioner has never received any pay from me.
Robert GRAY Dy. P.M.M.
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Treasury, Class 50, Volume 2, folio 140.
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