George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain John Randall, 22 August 1775

From Captain John Randall

Camp on Prospect Hill [Mass.] 22 August 1775

“By reason of the indisposition of his body, is reduced to the necessity of asking a discharge from the Service.”

L, in unidentified writing, DLC:GW. For a discussion of the handwriting, see James Babcock to GW, this date, source note. Randall’s letter includes a cover addressed to GW in the same writing.

John Randall, who was commissioned a captain in Varnum’s regiment on 3 May 1775, apparently left the Continental army about this time and did not again serve in a military capacity during the Revolution. He may be Capt. John Randall who died at Pawtuxet, R.I., in 1823 at the age of 73.

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