George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Russell, 1 October 1775

From Thomas Russell

C. 1 October 1775. Petitions for discharge from the army. Russell has been unable to do any duty for a month because of “Rheumatism Pains of which I am not likely to get Well And cannot be of any Benefit to the Army. I have a Wife & Famaly in Baltimore County in Maryland the which I have not seen these Twelve Months nor they have not so much as heard from Me wherefore as I am unfit for the Service I desire to go & see whether they are dead or alive.”

ADS, DLC:GW. The context of this undated petition suggests that it was written about 1 October. See note 1. Lt. Col. Israel Hutchinson and Capt. Nathan Brown signed below Russell’s signature apparently to indicate their approval of the petition.

Thomas Russell, a private soldier in Brown’s company in the Massachusetts regiment commanded by Hutchinson, was discharged on 1 October.

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