Orange Town Octr 1. 1780
It is with reluctance that I apply to your Excellency at so improper a Time with my resignation: but the Singular situation of my Family and Domestic affairs Demands my immediate attention and as I have been in the Army Since the commencement of the war and have now no inclination of Leaving it but the calls of my Family are such that I should be wanting in duty to them to Neglect them any longer.
Therefore most humbly request your Excellency to accept my Resignation and Greant me a Dismission from the Service. I am with all respect your Excellencies Obedt humble Servt
J. Wales Capt. 10th Massa: Regt
DNA: RG 93—War Department.