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To George Washington from Brigadier General James Clinton, 14 January 1780

From Brigadier General James Clinton

Little Brittain [New Windsor, N.Y.] Jany 14th 1780


I beg leave to inform your Excey that in consequence of Permission obtained of Genl Sullivan I retired from the Army about the last of November to visit my Mother who was then dangerously ill, and is since dead1—This Circumstance has rendered it necessary for me to continue at home longer than I at first intended: I woud therefore presume to request a continuation of your Excy’s Indulgence, that connstance with the good of the service untill some family Affairs are settled: I am encouraged to mak⟨e⟩ this request as Col. Courtlandt commands the Brigade2—but if it shoud appear improper, I shall hold myself in readiness to wait your Excellency’s Commands on the shortest Notice.3 I have the honor to be with great respect your Exys most hubl. servt

James Clinton

ALS, PHi: Dreer Collection.

1Clinton’s brigade had been assigned to the division commanded by Maj. Gen. John Sullivan before the latter’s resignation from the army. Elizabeth Denniston Clinton (c.1705–1779) died on 25 Dec. 1779.

2Clinton is referring to Col. Philip Van Cortlandt, commander of the 2d New York Regiment.

3Short of brigadier generals in camp, GW denied Clinton’s request (see GW to Clinton, 24 Jan.).

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