George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 6 April 1778

From Major General William Heath

Head Quarters Boston Apl 6th 1778.

Dear General

I have to acknowledge the honor of the receipt of yours of the 5th & 12th Ulto. Genl Burgoyne was not gone when I was honored with your last enclosing one to him.1 He has expressed the greatest pleasure & satisfaction on receiving your letter. I do myself the honor to enclose one from him.2 Yesterday about 11 o’Clock he set out for Rhode Island, He expresses the strongest wishes for an accommodation.

I am exceedingly sorry that the wax did not come safe to hand, as it was very fine and it is almost impossible to procure any. As the Messenger who carried it was to go to Congress, I directed him to deliver it to Colo. Mifflin at Reading, and desired him to forward it to your Excellency.

Enclosed is a request from Capt. Sewall of Colo. Lee’s Regiment for leave to resign his Commission in the Army.3 He is a good Officer. He represents that necessity compels him to resign, and indeed it is a malancholly consideration to find so many go[o]d officers daily applying for leave to resign their places in the Army. I have the honor to be with great respect Your Excellency’s Most Obed. Servt

W. Heath

LS, DLC:GW; ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers.

1GW’s letter to Heath of 12 Mar., which has not been found, apparently enclosed GW’s letter to John Burgoyne of 11 March.

3The enclosed request has not been identified. Stephen Sewall, of Marblehead, Mass., was commissioned a captain in Col. William Raymond Lee’s Additional Continental Regiment on 1 Mar. 1777. He resigned that commission on 1 July 1778 but served as a captain and aide-de-camp to Brig. Gen. John Glover from August 1778 to July 1782.

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