Charlestown 2d December 1782
Having done myself the honor to write your Excellency from St. Augustine in the business in my department, under date the 20th of October, I presume now to inform you, that from a residence of near thirty years in the Southern Provinces- during the whole of which period I have had the honor to be a Servant of the Crown-
My Constitution has sufferd much and my Health is now so impaired as to make a change of climate absolutely requisite.
I have therefore been obliged contrary to my inclination to apply to General LESLIE for his leave of Absence, which from the urgency of my case, he has been pleased to grant me for six Months before which time is elapsed, I doubt not of being returned to St. Augustine-
in the meantime the Kings Service will not suffer- Lieut. Col: DOUGLASS of the Loyal Militia- a Gentleman of rank and character, firmly attached to his Majesty and Zealous for his Service being approved of by General LESLIE to act as my Deputy- and who will put in execution such orders as may from time to time be given.
General LESLIE has been pleased to order me his warrant for One thousand pounds towards defraying the Expences of my Department for the ensuing Year- but as there will be no longer the Opportunity of procuring such assistance when wanted in future- I have presumed to join Col. BROWN in a memorial praying that your Excellency would be pleased to grant an Additional warrant for £ 2000-
that the Money may be lodged with our agent for the payment of such Bills as shall be drawn on him for the current expences as the same may be incurred- and for the due and faithful expenditure of the whole the Accounts and Vouchers will be regularly transmitted to the Auditors Office.
I have the honor to be with the highest sentiments of respect-
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Headquarters Papers of the British Army in America, PRO 30/55/6321.
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