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February 26


SHIP DUTCHESS OF GORDON, February 26, 1776.

DEAR SIR: The bearer, Mr˙ John Young, a gentleman of property and character in the Colony of Pennsylvania, puts himself under your protection. His loyalty to his Sovereign induced him to fly from persecution, and enter himself a volunteer under your banner, in the expectation that so laudable a conduct will meet with your approbation, and entitle him to a commission in his Majesty' s Army, when opportunity offers to distinguish himself. I have seen him several times, and verily believe he will do honour to my introduction of him to you.

I am, dear sir, yours sincerely,


To Major-General Howe.