George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Scammell, 16 November 1780

Camp Totoway Novr 16nth 1780


The Honble the Congress having put the Regts in point of numbers & Term of service, on a reputable and permanent footing; and being so much reduc’d in property as not to be able to equip myself properly for the office I at present have the honor to hold; I beg your Excellency would please to grant or obtain leave for me to retire from the staff department and rejoin my Regt, by the first of Jany next: That I might have an early opportunity, to attend to the internal police and recruiting of it; and my Successor of gaining a perfect knowledge of the business of the office previous to the commencement of the next campaign. I Have the Honor to be with the utmost Respect Yr Excelleny’s Most Obedt & very Humble Servt

Alexdr Scammell

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