George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant Benjamin Gates, 31 October 1775

From Lieutenant Benjamin Gates

Prospect Hill Octr 31st 1775

May it Please Your Excellency

Whereas Your Petitionner Suddently Entred the service and in his Zeal for the Publick Safety of my Country Not thinking but the Service would have been at an End before this time I Freely Undertook the Duty of a First Lieutt in Capt. Black’s Compy in Colo. J. Brewer’s Regt and am Still Ready to Assist in the Cause on any Sudden Emergency But the Circumstances of my Family are Such as to Require my attendance and as I apprehend there are many Gentlemen in the Army Better Qualify’d than my Self for the Place For the above Reasons would beg Leave to Resign My Commission to your Excellency as I humbly Conceive it will be no injury to the Service.

Benjn Gates Lt


Benjamin Gates, lieutenant of Capt. John Black’s company in Col. Jonathan Brewer’s Massachusetts regiment, was discharged on 1 November. Gates rejoined the army on 1 Jan. 1777 as a captain in the 5th Massachusetts Regiment and resigned the following January.

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