George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Littlefield, 27 May 1780

West Point May 27th 1780.

May it please your Excellency.

Att the Commencment of the present War, I Cheerfully with the rest of my Brethren, readily exchanged a domestic Life and Joined in supporting the cause of my country.

In the year 1776 I had the honour of receiving an Ensigns Commission in the Eleventh Massachusetts Regiment, and should be very happy still to continue, but my Interest is now wasting and Health so impair’d as to render me unable to bear the Fatigues of a Milatary Life. under my present Circumstances must with reluctance request your Excellency to grant me a discharge from the service. I am with due Respect your Excellencies Most Obedient Humble Servant

Jn Littlefield Lt

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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