Pompton Decemr 20th 1780
May it please your Excellency
As one of the Jersey Regts are about to be reduced of course it must make one Supernumery Surgeon.
Barnet the Eldest Dunham the next & Elmer the 3rd. Elmer wishes to continue Barnet & Dunham agrees he should the contest between Barnet and Dunham which has the right of retireing Dunham claims it upon the principles of being the next youngest.
If your multiplicity of more important matters will admitt of your leisure so far as to determine the dispute it shall be decisive on my part.
I cannot request a dismission from the Army without acquainting your Excelly why—for which I would defer to Doctor Cochran he knows my desire of rendering my Country service but my feminine Constitution will not admitt of it. I have the Honor to be your Excellys most Obedient Humble servant
Surgeon 3rd Jersey Regt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.