New Hampshire Village May 6th 1782
I am reduc’d to the disagreeable Necessity of soliciting a Discharge from the Service: Nothing but the unhappy circumstances of my Family, could have induced me, at this late period to request a matter as Foreign from my wish, but this situation calls loudly for my assistance, and I think, humanity claims the first attention to ones ownsituation: nor do I imagine, I shall merrit the Censure of any Candid person, for my present conduct; but if I do, my own feelings will prevent a regret must on those considerations, beg leave to entreat your Excellency to grant my Discharge, and am with Great Respect your Excellency’s Most Obedt Hume Servant
Phillip Corey Ensn
10th Massts Regiment
DNA: RG 93—War Department.