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My Lord: Upon your representation of Capt. Butler’s state of health, I think it will be best to give him a discharge, tho the loss of an officer whose character for diligence and fidelity stands fair, is at all times to be regretted and never more than at the present. With respect to Col. Parke if the circumstances of his affairs render it absolutely necessary that he should have leave of...
12General Orders, 27 July 1776 (Washington Papers)
Complaints are made, that officers who are to attend the men upon Fatigue, and other duty, grow remiss; the General hopes they will consider what the effects of so bad an example might be to the men, and as he believes it proceeds rather from inattention, than design, flatters himself there will be no occasion to remind them of their duty hereafter. Varick transcript , DLC:GW . “Henshaw’s...
When I reflect on that Tranquil State, and agreable Scituation which I was in, while I had the Honour of being one of your Family, and compare it with my present, the Contrast appears so great and my Scituation so widely different, that the Reflection of past Pleasure, raises Desires, unbecomeing the Character of a Soldier; especially one fighting for every thing dear and valuable. Were I to...