March 23d 1780
His Excellency, George Washington Esqr. Commander in Chief, of the Forces of the United States of America
I would beg leave to lay before Your Excellency, that I have been in the Service of these States the greatest part of the time, Since the Commencement of Hostilleties.
I have the Vanity to think, that my Conduct has been such as might deserve the Carractor of a good Soldier, and a faithfull friend to my Countery.
I could with pleasure tarry longer in this Honorable Service, Did not the pressing Necesseties of my small family put it forever out of my power.
Heaven as a Just chastisement has been pleas’d to Afflict my Family with sickness for better than two years togeather, which makes it absolutely Necessary for me to give them my Presence and personal Assistance.
Which layes me under the Disagreeable Necessaty to Request of your Excellency the favour of a Descharge. As in duty bound Shall ever Pray
Nathl Bettes Ensn
DNA: RG 93—War Department.