George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Abraham Hunt, 31 July 1780

Boston July 31st 1780


It gives me pain in this advanced Stage of the War to be compel’d by the impulse of Honor & the tender feelings of Compassion to request of your Excellency a Discharge from the Army. this pain is increased by a Retrospection of five Years hard service which has employ’d my Attention, and during which my most Ambitious wish was to discharge my duty with Fidelity & to acceptance.

Your Excellency will not be surprized at this Request upon being made acquainted with the reasons on which it is founded.

The first and Principle Reason is my being out rank’d in the Arrangement of the Massachusetts Line by Persons who were a little time since in the Line of Command subordinate to my Authority, & whose pretentions are by no means equal to mine; as they never were imploy’d in Actual service Untill the moment of their Appointment to Stations Superior to that in which I am placed.

The second affects the most intimate Connections of the Heart, as it calls to view the long and painful Distress of a Wife and Children without Admitting the Prospect of happier Days or more reliev’d Circumstances for a Family which Claims my Utmost Attention for its support & Protection. for this have I long confided in the assurances of Government, but disagreable Experience has taught me how far inadequate those Assurances when brought into Effect, are for the Accomplishment of the wished for purpose.

Upon a View of those Reasons together with the enclosed Certificates, if Your Excellency will be pleased to grant me the request Discharge, which being obtain’d I shall on every Occasion hold my self ready to obey the calls of my Country.

I have the Honor to be with the most exalted Respect Your Excellencys most Obedient, most devoted, & very Hume Servt

Abraham Hunt

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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