Turpin, Philip: Petition, Richmond City
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Sir, Since writing the within I recollect the great attention Doctr. Turpin paid to Colo. Wm Archer & Mr Jos. Royall as well as to all other American prisoners in the Provost & Prison ships, he not only Procured fresh Provisions &c. for them, but I beleave advanced his own Money, for which he was forbid to attend either in future, he also obtain'd permits from Majr Loyd Hill for several Slaves & advised all to return to their respective owners. I must add in favr. of the Doctr. that I never saw him wear Regimentals or a Cockade, which is sufficient to Convince me, that he did not Consider himself a Brittish Subject, I am respectfully Sir Yr. mt. H. Sevt. Peterfield Trent
His Excely. Benja. Harrison Esqr.
Chesterfield to wit.
This Day Peterfield Trent made an oath before me George Woodson a justice of the peace for the said county to the truth of the above & within writing. and that from all confidential Letters & conversation he believes Doctr. Turpin to be a true Friend to America. Given under my hand this 13th of July 1783.
No 21 Hyde Street Bloomsburg London - May 8 1783
Soon after parting with you at Glocester I went up the Country with the sick as far as Todds Bridge where I continued during the Winter. Had I known particularly where you were I whould either have wrote or paid you a Visit. I [was uneasy?] on account of the singular Predicament & from what you was informed at Head Quarters I could not half blaming Wm Grant as being the Cause of it. In order to remove as much as possible every thing that might prejudice you in the Eyes of your Countrymen for being in the British Army, I seek every opportunity of mentioning to such gentlemen of Rank as I become acquainted with. that you came to Virginia a warm Friend to your country & with an anxious Expectation of immediately [returning?] to your friends, & that you accepted of a place in the Hospital only till such time as you whould be able to get up the Country. I forward you this by Mr. Sherman, whom I beg 17c