George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Wyllys, 10 July 1780

Camp Highlands July 10th 1780


permit me to lay before your Excellency a Letter from Capt. Henry Champion of the third Connecticut Regiment enclosing his Commission requesting a Discharge from the Army &c.

from the earliest Period of the War Capt. Champion has justly merited the Character of an attentive brave Officer & his quitting the army to be regreted; yet his particular Circumstances the Situation of his Father (Col. Henry Champion) Affairs as Commissary of Purchase for the Army. Col. Champions earnest request for his Assistance in that Business together with the essential Service Capt. Champion will be able to render the Publick in that Capacity, induces me to Judge his Resignation will not injure the Service, but conduce much to the Publick Good; Therefore recommend him for a Discharge agreable to his Request to bear Date the first Day of May 1780 being the Day Affixed by him for bringing in his Resignation, previous to which his Leave of Absence had expired & he entered into the Commissarys Business, and at which time he now consents his Discharge should take place. The Reasons assigned in the enclosed Letter will I hope plead an Excuse for the Delay and his not personally applying for a Discharge at this Time.

Should his Excellency be pleased to accept Capt. Champions Resignation as Capt. in the 3d Connecticut Regiment—I would beg leave to recommend Capt. Lt Jonathan Heart to succeed to the Vacancy; Lt Peleg Heath for Promotion to Capt. Lt & Ensign Elijah Ransom to Lieut. in the same, their Rank respectively to take place the 1 Day of May last for the Reasons above mentioned & request they may be appointed in General Orders to that Duty accordingly. I am his Excellencys Most Obedient & humbl. Servant

Saml Wyllys. Col. Comdt first Connecticut Brigde

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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