George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Laurance, 16 May 1782

Newburgh May 16th 1782


At this period of the War, it is not without much Pain, that I induce myself to resign to Your Excellency, the Commission I hold in the Army.

For a considerable time past, I have combated many difficulties to continue in Service, being desireous of contributing my mite to the attainment of the great Object of the Controversy, but my circumstances, at present, render me unable to do it longer, and reduce me to the necessity of now relinquishing a Post, which were they otherwise, I should be happy to continue in Possession. It is more then five years since I have held this Office the Duties of which I trust I have discharged satisfactorily to Your Excellency, under whose immediate command I have been, and with some advantage to the Public, and as my Decission is the result of Deliberation I cannot but hope that I shall stand Acquitted with your Excellency and in the Opinion of Congress for a procedure although painful yet necessary.

As I am sensible or having received many Acts of personal Attention and Kindness from Your Excellency while in a Service I cannot refrain, having now left it, from assuring you they have made too deep an Impression on my mind to be soon Effaced, and that my best wishes will remain for a continuation of Your Excellencys Health and Welfare. I have the Honor to be With much respect and truth, Your Excellency’s obedient and very humble servant

John Laurance

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