George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Penuel Cheney, 4 September 1775

From Penuel Cheney

Camp at Cambridge Septr 4th 1775

May it Please your Excellency.

as I was appointed by the Genl Assembly of the Colony of Connecticutt Surgeon’s mate in Genl Putnams Regiment, and have fiathfully served therein, ’til the late Appointment of Doctr Church, by the Continental Congress, Superintendant of the Hospital of the American Army, by which the sole Care of the sick and Wounded hath devolved on him, which hath rendered the Appointment of Regimental Doctors, or at least more than one, Useless and of no service: and as I am sure it was not for the sake of Interest that induced me to Join the Army: but for the Benefit of the Regiment the good of my Cuntry and the noble Cause in which this Army & Continent are now ingaged I would therefore humbly beseech your Excellency to discharge me from any future Attendence on said Regiment,1 which is the Prayer of your Excellency’s most Obedt Humble Servt

Penuel Cheney

ALS, DLC:GW. At the bottom of this letter Israel Putnam wrote “The above is consented to By me. Israel Putnam M.G.”

1Cheney’s real reason for leaving the army was to avoid being court-martialed on charges of making illegal drafts on the commissary. See General Orders, 22 July 1775, n.1, and GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 29 Oct. 1775.

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