George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 11 August 1782

Highlands August 11. 1782.

Dear General,

The enclosed was handed to me the last evening.

From the circumstances which are related, I am led to request your excellency’s indulgence to Barnam, and that he may have it as soon as you may think it convenient. I have the honor to be, With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Connecticut Camp Augt 10th 1782

Dear sir

Enclosed is a representation of John Barnam (a soldier in my Regiment) I shew it Genl Huntington who advised my sending the Man to you, I beleive it to be true he is an honest faithfull Soldier and if you can indulge him with a furlough of fifteen or Twenty days you will oblige. Dear sir Yr friend and Most Obedt Huml servt

Saml B. Webb


Camp August 10th 1782


The destresses of my Father and his family have enduced me to Lay before you their Situation, praying Your assistance.

My Parents are now almost Eighty years of age. My Father is inclining to the Consumption, My Mother has the Numb Palsey, and there is no person to take care of, or assist them. I have two Sisters now in his family, the Husband of one was taken prisoner at Fairfield and has never been heard of since. The Other had a Husband in the 2d Connecticut Regiment, who was unfortunately drownded the Last Campan Crossing the Elk river, and has left three children with my father. There is two brothers of us now in the 3d Connecticut Regiment and have been in Sarvice ever since 1776. My Father Sends me word by every opportunity that it is not possible for him or his family to Subsist long, without suffering, or my assistance. Now Gentlemen after Laying before you the Situation of My fathers family my humble request is Permission to go home for fifteen or Twenty Days to assist him in geting in his Hay, & some other matters necessary for his Subsistance, By granting this my request You will oblige a Soldier who is never happier than in Serving his Country

John Barnum

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