George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lebbeus Ball, 17 October 1780

Camp 17th October 1780.


As a new Arrangement of the Army will probably soon take place, by which severall of the Majors of the Massachusetts Line will necessarily be discharged; I wish to improve this Opportunity of resigning my Command: and I do it, Sir, with a greater degree of Satisfaction, as I suppose, from the Number of Majors, that it cannot be injurious to the Cause of my Country or the Army, which I have endeavoured to serve, from the Beginning of the Contest, with Fidelity and hope I have done it to Acceptance.

My private Concerns, in Life, most Strongly urge me to take this Step; My Family is large and not able to do much for themselves; my Circumstances are not so affluent as to enable them to subsist comfortably without my Assistance; and that Assistance, Sir, I am not able to afford them from my depreciated Pay, were it even received at the promised Periods.

For those Reasons I must request your Excellency to consider my Situation, to receive my Resignation and grant me a Discharge from the Army.

With the highest Respect for your Excellency and the sincerest Wishes for your Happiness I am, Your Excellency’s most obedient and very humble Servt

Lebs Ball

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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