George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Return Jonathan Meigs, 10 May 1780

Westfield 10th May 1780.


By the desire of Capts. Joseph Mansfield & Eleazer Claghorn of the Regiment undermy command, I apply to your Exellency for their dismission from Service. Capt. Mansfield has been incapable of performing any Service in the Regiment on Account of ill health for a year past—Capt. Claghorn pleads the necessity of attending to his private affairs. I think it my duty to mention that neither of these Gentlemen request their dismission on account of any disgust to the Service. Their Accts are Settled and closed with the Regimental Pay Master & the Auditors. Bothe the Gentlemen are absent from the Regiment Settling their Accts with the Committee of the Paytable of Connecticut, & do not Return to Camp again. I wish their dismission may be effected this day (the time agree’d on with them) that the Officers who Succeed them may be doing duty: the Size of the Regiment requiring its complement of Officers. I am with the Greatest respect Your Exellencys most Obedt servant

R. J. Meigs Colo. 6th Connt Regt

DNA: RG 93—Records Relating to Military Service.

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