Philadelphia June 19. 1781
Having had the honor to serve as an Officer in the Pennsylvania-Line for some time past; and having an anxiety at all times to serve my Country in a Military Capacity, nothing but the utmost necessity cou’d in any measure induce me to relinquish a Life so agreeable and a service I have ever deemed laudable; but notwithstanding these considerations I am now reduced to the necessity of offering my Resignation, being at the head of a small Family which cannot subsist without my immediate personal attention. I am reduced to this alternative or otherwise be instrumental in their utter Ruin. I have the honor to be with Sentiments of the highest Respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient And Most humble Servant
Lieut. 4th Penn: Regt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.