George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 18 December 1782

Roxbury Decemr 18th 1782

Dear General

The enclosed letter from Capt. Banister, I received by the last weeks post, in consequence whereof I have written to Capt. Day, to releive Capt. Banister on the first of January, and have informed him that I should represent the matter to your Excellency for such further orders as you may think proper. I beg leave to submit it accordingly.

We have no news of consequence in this Quarter,—The French Fleet have not sailed—it is said to day that the officers who have remained in Town since their arrival, will embarke the day after tomorrow,—They are greatly pleased, and deeply impressed, with your Excellencys letter taking leave of them,—The Inhabitants of the Town of Boston pay great attention to the officers, who on their part, express the most perfect satisfaction of the polite manner in which they are treated, I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Springfield Decr 9th 1782

Hond Sr

My Letters will find the way and Trouble the Genl out off—as well as in Camp—I must suppose it to be a case of Necessity that Induces me to write this Time.

I am at my own request Deranged from the Army and Capt. Clop of the C.D.M. is arrangd in my Room—this is Compleated on Principles of Justice—to myself & Family and Public—as Capt. Clop is a young shining officer and must leave if I did not.

It is not to shun Fatigue or Danger in serving my Country that I Quit—for I consider that as ever have shared my Part of it—and the Pleasing reflection is my Reward.

It is with the utmost regret I leave service where I have received singuler favors, from high and shining Charictors—and I ever intendd, to have seen the End of the War in service if alive—but Circumstances—alters Cases—shall not Trouble the Genl with the many Reasons—but.

Sr as my authority to act at this Post in my Present Charictor will sease the 1st of Jany—and as some few Recruits are coming in—some Deserters Deliverd—Prisoners from Captivity & other Soldiers Continually Pasing to Victual—it seems Necessary an officer should releave me—Capt. Day of the 7th M.—Living at West Springfield—not able to do Duty in Camp—so Certifyd by his Surgeon—is aquainted with and—(I beleave) able to do the Business here—if the Genl should think it consistent—and direct him to Releave me at or before the 1st of Jany—or give me Directions on the matter—I should be happy—I thot of writing Genl Patterson but concluded it a Quicker and safer way of inteligence—and supposed it Consistant—as I was appointed by Genl Glover while at Boston.

A line from the Genl may serve the Public and greatly indulg your Hons most obedient Humbl Servt

Seth Banister

P.S. Col. Shepard has Quit Service & is at home.

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