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West Jersey Volunteers
Memorial of John Biddle

To His Excellency Sir Henry CLINTON, Knight
of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath,
General and Commander in Chief of His
Majesty’s Forces in North America
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The Memorial of John BIDDLE, late a Lieutenant in the Provincial Regiment of Infantry, lately Commanded by Major Commandant John VANDYKE, now Seconded

Most Respectfully Sheweth

That Memorialist on the Twenty third day of March 1778 was appointed a Lieutenant in said Regiment, as may appear to your Excellency by a Commission from Sir William HOWE the then Commander in Chief, by Virtue whereof, of his Commanding Officers, until said Regiment was Seconded.

That at the time of Seconding Said Regt., Memorialist through the Neglect of Major D’VEBER, then Acting Commanding Officer thereof, omitted giving in Memorialist’s name, so as to intitle him to half pay, or any of the other Emoluments which the other Seconded Officers of said Regiment have since, and do now receive,

whereby, Memorialist is reduced to extreme distress and necessity, of which Memorialist would have long since taken the liberty of informing your Excellency, and applying for Redress, but your Excellency’s Absence from hence, in the Southward and other parts upon His Majesty’s Service, prevents his doing so.

That though Memorialist’s present Application to your Excellency for redress, is at a late period, yet he hopes, you will be pleased to take his distressed Case into your humane Consideration, and grant him such relief, as your Excellency shall think proper, and he will, as in duty ever Pray


New York
September 21st 1780

[endorsed on reverse]
     Refer’d to Capt. ROOKE
October 7th 1780
          O DeLANCEY
          Aid de Camp

[endorsed by Capt. ROOKE]
     John BIDDLE was not put on
the Seconded list, having several
times desired to resign.
          H: ROOKE
          D. I: G: P. Forces

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 124, folio 9.

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