George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 21 December 1780

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

John Stark

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