Philadelphia December 21 1780
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed a Letter from Brigadier General Starke of the 10th Instant, requesting from Congress Leave of Absence on Account of his ill State of Health, with a Resolve of Congress of the 18th Instant referring the Letter to the Commander in Chief to take Order. I have the Honor to be with the most perfect Respect your Excellency’s most obedt & most hbble Servant
Sam. Huntington Presidt
P.S. I have been honored with your Letter of the 15 Inst. by Majr Franks.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Pecks kill Hollow 10th December 1780
At the Conclusion of six Campeigns, faithfully spent in the service of my Country; I find my health in a very shattered state, insomuch, that my tarry in Camp can be of little or no service, untill it is repaired. I shall therefore take it a particular favour, if you will represent the matter to Congress & obtain their permission for me to retire, until my health permits me, at which time, I shall readily, & with the greatest Cheerfullness return to my duty.
If Congress will be pleased to signify their approbation to my request, I shall be Infinitily oblidged if you will let me know by Letter. I have the Honor to be sir, your Excellency’s most Obet & very Humble servant