George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Officers of the 3d New York Regiment, 13 August 1778

From Officers of the 3d New York Regiment

13 Aug. 1778.

“Petition” for relief from duty at Fort Schuyler, where the officers have served “Seventeen Months” with “not the least Prospect of our being called to any other Employ than Hard Labour, which has been our Constant Exercise, since we arrived.” Request “an Opportunity of serving with the Grand Army, or taking the Feild in some other Place,” as they are “Anxious to have an equal opportunity with our Bretheren, to Improve in Knowledge & acquire Honor.”

DS, DLC:GW. A note on the cover of the document reads: “favoured by Lieut. [Thomas] McClellan.” The petition is signed by six captains, one captain lieutenant, eight lieutenants, eight ensigns, a surgeon, and a surgeon’s mate.

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