Decr 11 1779
Captn. DePEYSTER of Fannings who I mentioned to you to Day, conceiving that as Eldest Captain of the Regiment the Choice of Serving in the Volunteer detacht from the Provincial Regiments would not be disputed with him, has not only put himself to the Expence of preparing for Embarkation, but as Colonel INNES & I had the same Idea, was desired to make the necessary arrangements for assembling & Quartering the different partys on Long Island; before he set out to wait on the Comd. Officer of the Regt which is 36 Miles distant.
The Captn. named by Major GRANT to go is by no means the first for Duty, & that being the Case, I cannot but hope still to have the Advantage of C. DePEYSTER's assistance on the Proposed Service; & that the General will not disapprove of his request.
Excuse this Trouble from Dr Sir
Unless you think that the above state of the Case favors Captn DePEYSTERs Claim, I beg that you will not mention it to his Excellency- but DePEYSTER would certainly be of use to the Detacht.
University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 80, item 8.
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