George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Solomon Fenton, 4 April 1780

c.4 April 1780

May It Please Your Excellency

Nothing but absolute nessaty could have induced me to the disagreeable task of requesting of your Excellency a Resignation from a Service whose regularity and unity together with the Justness of the Cause, was to me a Sufficiant inducement to forego the pleasures of a domestick Life and with Pleasure to face every danger and hardship my duty called [to], through five successfull Campains But at length I find my self reduced to this only alternativ, either to Quit the Army and Becom a Citison, or to have the mortification of seeing myself and family Become dependant, the Idea of which fills my mind with the mos Painfull sensation; and upon serious reflection and in Justis to myself P[r]osterity and my nessity, [Ple]dged to determin upon the former, And Humbly Request the favour of Your Excellency to sign my Resignation; and am with the utmost submission Your Excellencys most Obediant, devoted Humble Servant

Solomon Fenton Lieut.

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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