George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Richard Howell, 15 April 1779

To Richard Howell

Head Quarters Middlebrook 15th April 1779.


When an officer determines on leaving the service, it is to be supposed that it is done on substantial motives; and that no others could possibly induce him to lay down his commission. Under this idea, I am not at liberty to withold my concurrence; however desirous I may be to retain a good officer, in the army. I have therefore (imagining you have settled your public accounts) received and accepted your resignation of the 7th Instant,1 and am sir your most hble servt.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See Howell to GW, 7 April; GW enclosed Howell’s commission in his letter of this date to Peter Scull, secretary to the Board of War.

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