George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ensign Barzillai Markham, 3 October 1775

From Ensign Barzillai Markham

Roxbury Camp 3 October 1775. Requests discharge from the service “for Reason’s within mentioned.”1


Barzillai Markham, an ensign in Charles Ellsworth, Jr.’s company in Col. Jedediah Huntington’s Connecticut regiment, was discharged on 6 October.

1On the reverse of this letter is a letter from John Waldo, surgeon pro tem, to Col. Jedediah Huntington, dated 3 Oct., stating that Markham “has been unwell for Sometime & Still remains quite unfit for the Duties of the Army.” Huntington added a note to Waldo’s letter asking that Markham be discharged.

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