From Alexander Spotswood
[York, Pa.] July 16 1778
My reasons for Quiting the Service at the time I did you already have1—two days after my arrival at home they were obviated by a letter which I receivd from Colo. Stevens informing me of my brother being Only Wounded, and likely to recover—I immediatly wrote to Our delegates informing them the Contents of Colo. Steven’s letter, and my desire of reentering the service, provided I coud be reinstated in my propper place, this letter I believd reached them before my Commission—and as it was the opinion of Congress that my Case was very hard, and that I had been injured, they refused Accepting my Commission, & determind, that I shd be the next brigadier made from our State2—on my arrival at this place from Camp, I happen’d to be in Company with Gl Weedon who informd me he had quited the service—I immediatly waited on our delegates & expressed my desire of being reinstated according to the promise of Congress—I recd for answer that all future arangements were to be made by a Committee Which Consisted of your Excellency—Gl Read, & another Gentleman whose name I have forgot3—but that they woud represent my Case—I have only to beg, that, as I look on myself to be in the army my Commission not being receivd, and having the above promise from Congress, that your excellency will not forget me, I set of[f] this day for Virginia—and if Called on will be ready to set of[f] from home to the army in twelve hours—as I wish more particularly to be with it at this time, on acct of the arrival of the french fleet, which Induces me to believe, that, something great will be done in a few weeks. I am with great Esteem & respect—yr Excellencys Mt Obdt
2. Congress resolved on 29 Nov. 1777 “That the committee appointed to repair to the camp be instructed to intimate to General Washington that Congress are not willing to accept the resignation of Colonel Spotswood” ( JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 9:981).
3. On 4 June, Congress had resolved that the new arrangement of the army should be implemented by GW “with the advice and assistance” of Joseph Reed and Francis Dana ( JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 11:570).