George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Josiah Buck, 9 April 1780

c.9 April 1780

May it Please your Excellency

Absolute necessity alone Induced me to the Disagreableness of Desiring your Excellency to Grant me a Discharge from a Service where Good Order and Hermony Perfectly subsides Together with the Justness of the Caus—are Sufficient Motives to Claim my Utmost Exertions—nor Did I scrupel to Leave the Sweets of a Domestick Life—and to Exhaust my small Patrimoney in the Service of Five Sucksesfull Campeigns—With out Regard to the Hardships that Incurd where Deuty Called—But by the Continual [Corce—] of sickness in my family at home hath Reduced me to the necessity of Becoming a citisson or be Dependent on those for support that Reluctantly Fulfil their Unavoidable Obligations but in Duty to myself and that which is most dear to me I feel my self Under the strongest Obligations to the former and Humbly Desire your Excellency to seign my Resignation With due submission I am your Excellency’s most Obeadient Humle Servt

Josiah Buck Ensn

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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