Camp near Danbury March 20th 1780
May it please your Excellency
With Pleasure I have serv’d my Country since the Commencement of the present unnatural Contest, and would esteem it a particular happiness to have it in my Power to persevere, as long as the Cause of my bleeding Country might require my Service; but my Constitution has been such that I have not been able to do my Duty in the Field these twelve Months past; nor have I the least Prospect of recovering my Pristine State of Health In such a situation (besides being an unnecessary exp[ence] to my Country) I stand in the way of Others, capable of Performing the Duties of their Station; therefore Humbly beg your Excellency may Please to grant me a Discharge from the Service.
The Inclosed will show that all my Public Acots in the Regiment are settled—In the Auditors Office I am Conscious that I never had any. With the greatest Esteem I remain Yr Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant
Jere. Gilman Lt Col.
1st N. Hampshire Regt
DNA: RG 93—War Department.