1775. Description of a lady with Roberdeau.

“Last Thursday we had a grand review of all the Battalions, all dressed in regimentals, the first in brown and buff, the 3d brown, trimmed up with white, and the 2d in brown and red. … you see I have not mentioned them in order, but it would not be me if I had, beside these there are four other uniforms, the light infantry to the 3d Batalion are dressed in green and with white lappls and white waistcoats, breeches etc. Caps and feathers it is as compleat a company as can be, all gentlemen and most of them young fellows and very handsome, my neighbor Cadwalader Captain and my brother George Morgan first Lt. There is another Company of young quakers, their uniform is light blue and turned up with white, made exactly like the green, then there are the rangers Mr. Francis Capt, Uniform is tanned shirts with a Cape, a belt round their waists with a Tomyhawk sticking in it- some of them paint their faces and stick painted feathers in their heads, in short their aim is to resemble Indians as much as possible. Lastly comes the light horse, Mr Markoe their captain, there is only five and twenty of them as yet, but really they look exceedingly well, you would be surprised to see how well the horses are trained for the little time they have exercised, in short they did extraordinarily well and made a most martial appearance. What did not a little inspire them, was the presence of a great number of the genteelest people of the place among them was collected the most pretty girls I have seen this long time, but the one that drew everyone’s attention was the famous Jersey beauty Miss Keys, who is now on a visit to Mr. Roberdeau, she may justly be said to be fairest where thousands are fair I hava had an opportunity of seeing her more than once and think her a most beautiful creature, and what makes her still more engaging is her not betraying the least consciousness of her own perfection”

Late Spring 1775. From Mrs. Mary Morgan, resident of Philadelphia, to her sister Anne Coale

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