We the Subscribers hereby certify that the bearer
Samuel H. Davidson
is an inhabitant of Westmoreland County in the State Virginia. That he is a man of good character, and is engaged by his industrious neighbours to collect and tally Cotton cards.
And it is requested that he be allowed to pursue his Calling without let or hindrance, fear or molestation, in the markets of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Massachusetts.
Given under our hand this Tenth Day of May, One Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Seven, at the City of Baltimore in Maryland.
Richard Henry Lee
By Edward Cotesworth
May 10, 1777.
Countersign Samuel H. Davidson
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.062, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 27