George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Gooch, 11 October 1780

Boston Octr 11 1780

May it please your Excellency

to permit one who has had the honor of serveing under you in the Field to intrude and for a Moment divert your attention from the more important Concerns that are continually crowding on you to beg permission to lay before your Excellency a Claim the Justice of which I most cheerfully submit to your Detirmination, In January 1777 I was appointed as Paymaster to one of the Extra Regiments to be commanded by Collo. Ezekl Cornell & Recived Inlisting Orders & Instructions signed by him, and continued till the fourteenth of July following when the Collo. sent me a Verbal message he had resign’d. till then I was prevented entering into any other service, as belonging to that Regement and never drew any pay or Rations during that time, in the Winter of 1778 I had the honor of applying to your Excellency on the subject and by your Direction made applycation to Collo. Cornell for a Certificate but though he acknowledged I did belong to the Regement yet the affair seem to him so perplexing he declind giveing the Certificate thus may it please your Excellency the affair is realy [situated] and I know of no way to obtain what I think I have some reason to suppose is my Just due unless your Excellency will condesend to put me in a Way. the sum though small is of consequence to me being by the new arangment thrown out of all imploy but though poor I have the consolation of Reflecting that I have to the best of my Judgment done my Duty both in the Line & while on the Staff with the additional pleasure of being able to settle my Public accounts and have a Balance in my favor.

That Heaven may ever gaurd you from all Conspiracies and Dangers of your Enemies will ever be the fervent wish[es] of him who is with the greatest Devotion Your most obedt & most hble Servant

John Gooch

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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