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New Jersey Volunteers
Moody to Lamb

West Point August 11th 1780


I being Sent with a party by his Excellence General KNIPHOUSEN into the Jerseys was on the 21 of July taken Prisoner with Some of my men at the English Neighbour wood by Capt. Lawrence who Sent me to General How, to whom I produced my orders, which he now has, likewise my Commission,

on which his Excellence was pleased to admitt me on parol, & Sent me to the Commissary of Prisoners at the Fishkills, who Sent me to Kingstown in Ulster County, under the restrictions of three miles, which parol I am consious was Strictly kept.

The Second day of August was taken into custody & brought to the Fishkills, where I lay in the provost, from thence I was Sent to this place ye 8th,

altho in all the time of my being a Prisoner have behaved myself as Such yet am loaded with Irons & treated in a most inhumane manner, as the hand cuffs where cut as teeth to tare flech & by the Solisatations of Some Gentlemen who by the greatness of there Souls they where beat down in part.

All which treatment; by the information I have of your Excellences most human & generous Character must be without your knowledge.

There are many things laid to my charge which I am innocent of & are able to make it appear could I but have oppertunity, which pray your Excellence, I may have as Soon as may be, & not be under that Scandal which I am innocent of any long time in this misserable condition.

I am your Excellences most obedient
& most Humble Servant
James MOODY Ensn.

     Sir when I went into the Country
marched all the time in my Uneform
& arms, likewise did all my men.

[Colonel John Lamb]

New-York Historical Society, Lamb Papers, Reel 2, folio 94.

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So Obstinately Loyal: James Moody, 1744-1809
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