George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Clinton, 30 August 1782

Little Britain Augt 30th 1782.


Yesterday when I wrote by Doctr Vasche I had not Discovered the P.S. of your Letter till he was gone.

I must therefore Agreable to Your Request Inform Your Excellency that Although it gives me pain to think of Retiring from Service, Yet at the same time I cannot Consistent with my Honor or My feelings think of joining the Army Untill Congress puts it in my Power to Serve them with Honor by doing me Justice, And Although I have been so Partially Superceeded by them I cant help but think they will repair the Injury when Opportunity Offers.

Therefore though I mean to withdraw from the Army I would not be Understood As Resigning my Commision Untill I Receive Satisfaction from Congress for the late Injury or my past services.

I am Much Oblidged to Your Excellency for the Indulgences Already granted And doubt not you will Continue them Untill the pleasure of Congress be known. I have the Honor to be Your Excells Most Obedt Humle Servant

James Clinton

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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