George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant Colonel Roger Enos, 18 January 1776

From Lieutenant Colonel Roger Enos

Cambridge 18th Jany 1776

may it please your Exellency

When the Hos[t]ilities of our Enemies made it necessary to Raise an Arme for the Common Defence of the Liberties of Amer[i]ca Roused by the Sacrad Call of my Country I thoat it my Duty to Exart my best Abilities Acqured by former Servises for its protection & thierfore without Reluctance bid a Due to the Tranquil plasurs of Private Life and Joind the armey in which I Servd During the Last Campain if not with Good Forturn at Least without Censure & Should have ben happy Still to have Continued in the publick Service in a military Capacity Co[u]ld I do it with that Confidunce which I think I am intitled to & without which no man of Honour would Chuse to Searve.

By Some misfortune or other I am Satisfied I Do not Stand in that Characture at Hed Quarturs which as a Field officer is necesary to my being Serviceable to the Grate Cause in which we are Engaged I must thierfore beg your Exllencys P[e]rmission to Resign my Command as Lt Colo. of the 16th Regiment to which I was appointed for the present Campain No Dislike to the Service but a Regard to my Honour Soly is the motive of this Request1 I am with Grate Respect your Exllency most obdt Very Humbe Servt

Roger Enos


1For Enos’s court-martial and acquittal on the charge of leaving Arnold’s expedition to Quebec without orders, see General Orders, 27, 30 Nov., 4 Dec. 1775.

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