Turpin, Philip: Petition, Richmond City
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Pasport, the last Rec'd from him whilst in Engl'd he only sign'd P.T. for fear of his letters being intercept'd & he should be taken up & confin'd, for as he informd me the Americans that were in Brittain, were forbid to come with their friends here, & were by no means to give any inteligence; he desir'd me not to write on Politicks least by my letters being intercepted they might [illegible] [prejudge?] I know the reason why he staid so long in England: He had Contract'd some debts with he could not pay for want of some Remattances, which I had promised sh'd be made him; his sense of Honour forbid his running away from his creditors; this he inform'd me before & since his arrival in this state. I rec'd a letter from the Doct'r when in Charles Town, he told me he was detain'd by the Enemy, but would leave them when in his power, for that it was his only wish & desire to be with his relations & countrymen. When I was detain'd in York the Doct'r & myself lived together, wherever we were alone we were speaking of the war & the two armies, he always expressed himself in the warmest terms in fav'r of America, & wished himself with our army, or any where rather than with the enemy. I have known
him enter into arguments in fav'r of America with such warmth, that some other Doctors said he was as great a rebel as myself, or any other American; I was also inform'd, that a Doct'r Smith lodged an infrom against him at head Quarters, & s'd he deserved to be sent to the provost, I also beleave that he did apply several times for leave to goe to his friends, saying he was an American & not a Brittish subject, that his being kept in York was contrary to promises made him & what he did not expect, he further s'd, as he intend'd to live in this state, his being detain'd so long, might be a prejudice to him in future. One day Doct'r Grant surgeon & Physician Gen'l to the Brittish Army came to Turpins room, & demanded the reason for his insist'g on leaving the Hospital &, as also for his refuseing to take Doct'r Chenia, whilst he had a Rebel in the House; Turpin answer'd I was his friend & relation, that he wanted to leave York before the siege, for he did not chuse to be Imploy'd ag't the Country in which he was raised & Intended to live, therefore deser'd he would obtain leave from Lord Cornwallis to goe home; to which Grant replied he could not be spar'd & should not goe
I am Your Excellency's Mr. Obt. Hm. Servant Peterfield Trent