Highlands April 12th 1780
May it pleas your Excellency
After having to the extent of my ability faithfully served my Country, for allmost five Years, I at last find myself, under the disagreeable Necessity, of quiting the service at this late period of the war—Painfull as the thought is—Honor and duty demand that I should Sacrifice my feelings, to my honor and the good of my family—my reasons are, 1stly Being injured (in my Oppinion) by the promoting of Mr Banister an Officer, from the Staff of the Army, to a vacancy which was my right, 2d The disagreeable Situation to which my family are reduced, by my liveing in the army, by reason of the inadequacy of my pay to Support them.
For these reasons I request leave of your Excellency to resign my Commission and Rank in the Army—Not doubting but your Excellency will in Consideration of my feelings comply readily with my request, which has been defered as long as duty & Honor will permitt. I am with every Sentiment of Esteem and respect your Excellencies huml. Servt
DNA: RG 93—War Department.