Arendell July the 25: 1780
I am Under the dissagreable nessesaty of humbly Soliciting your Excellency for Liberty to Resign my Commission though with the Utmost Regret. I have bin in the Service Ever since the war Comminsd and Am Sattisfyed the Cause we are Engaged in is beyoynd dispute Justifyable. but After haveing Served my Countery According to the best of My Abillities I find my domistic Affars in Such a Situation that if I Can not obtain a discharge it must of Conciquence tirminate in the destruction of what Little I am posessed of—I have had the honour to Serve as Lieutenant in the twelfth Massachusetts Regiment—and flatter my Self your Excellency after Considering my Circumstances will have no objection to my Resignation—and with Submition wate your Excellencyes answer. I am with profound Respect your Excellencies most obedient Humble Servant
DNA: RG 93—War Department.