Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Muter, 22 March 1781

From George Muter

March 22d. 1781.


A resolution of the Honbl. the General Assemby (I am informed) has passed, requiring that I shall be dismissed from my appointment as Commissioner of the war office. I am of opinion, that after having notice of such a resolution’s having passed, it becomes improper for me to act any longer as Commissioner: I therefore must beg leave to resign my appointment to that office; and request, that your Excellency will be pleased to give orders for the papers belonging to that office, now in my custody, being examined and received by a proper person, authorised for that purpose.

Conscious of having ever discharged my duty, as a servant of the State, to the best of my power; I am enabled to bear up, under the pressure of the resolution of the Legislature: and I am induced to assure your Excellency, of my best exertions in the service of the State, in the station my resignation of the appointment will immediately place me. As a Colonel of infantry I shall think myself honoured by your Excellencys Commands, and with pleasure and alacrity obey them.

Deeply impressed with a sense of the polite treatment I have ever received from your Excellency and the Honbl. Council while acting as Commissioner of the war office; I beg leave to assure you, that 1 have the honour to be with the highest respect, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble servant,

George Muter

RC (Vi). FC (Vi).

Resolution of … assembly: See George Muter to TJ, 12 Mch. and references there. The present letter was read in Council on 22 Mch., but the journal merely records the fact and does not state whether the resignation was accepted (Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 315).

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