Orange Town Octr 1st 1780
Capt. Jacob Wales of the 16th Massa: Regt under my comd having been for a long time Determined to leave the Service from pressing calls of his Family But From my repeated requests cannot Prevail with him to Tarry until the Close of the Campaign—and although I am Sorry the Public Should lose so Good an Officer & the Regt So Good a Captain.
Am Obliged to consent to his Discharge From the Urgency of his requests Although it hurts my Feelings to recommend one that your Excellency Feels a difficulty in Dischargin the Service—And Submit it Your Excellency’s Superior Judgment and am with Great Esteem your Excellency’s Humble Servant
Thos Marshall Colo.
DNA: RG 93—War Department.