George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 26 April 1782

Robinsons 26th April 1782

Dear sir

I inclose your Excellency a letter from Lt Colo. Fernald in behalf of Captain Marshall, his situation is particular and he has it seems given his winter to Publick service in a way Extra to his immediate line. General Heath appears to think him Entitled to indulgence & Colo. Fernald says his Regiment can spare him, he wishes to have leave until the first of July, less time than that will not he says answer his purposes Your Excellency will be so obliging as to signify your pleasure. This [   ] with the greatest Respect I have the honor to be Dr Sir your Excellency’s most Obt hum. sert

R. Howe

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Hampshire Hutts 25th April 1782


Captn Marshall having been retained in the Regt the last Winter to superintend the making of the Cloathing for the soldiers and being very anxious to settle his Domestic affairs before the opening of the campaign should esteem it a favor if your Honor will please to grant him leave of absence for a few days: or otherwise use your influence with his Excelency in his behalf.

Capt. Marshal has a Family which he depended on seeing the last Winter but being pressed hard by Colo. Tupper to tarry for the purpose beforementïoned with a promice at the same time that he the Colo. would use his influence that he should have liberty to see his Family before the opening of the Campaigne. Capt. Marshal cheerfully undertook the business and has compleated it—I submit it to your honors consideration and am content with what your Honor in your wisdom shall think most proper for the good of the service. I am with every sentiment of esteem & respect your Honors most Obedient servant

Tobias Fernald Lt Col.

Comm’dt 10th Massts Regt

P.S. I would beg leave to mention that Capt. Marshal is at present very much indisposed and not fit for duty ocationed by a Bellious habit of body which I suppose may be atributed to too close application to business and his diet which a change of Air and diet will doubtless remove.

T. Fernald Lt Col.

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