George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 12 September 1778

From Major General William Heath

Head Quarters Boston Sept. 12th 1778

Dear General

The Inclosed I have Just received, the Gentlemen are here on furlough from Major General Sullivan, I mentioned to them that as the Regt was with General Sullivan, it would have been proper for them to have Applied to him, They acquaint me that they mention’d it to the General before they left providence and that He advised them to apply to your Excellency through me I fear the greater part of the Officers of the Same Regt intend to apply for leave to resign their Commissions.1

Colo. Cheever in Consequence of pressing Orders from Genl Knox has Just Sent here for a number of Arms to Compleat one Thousand Stand which he has wrote to have forwarded immediately, I have been obliged to obtain the loan of 300 from the State. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most Obt Servt

W. Heath

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

1Heath enclosed letters of 12 Sept. from Capt. Nathaniel Jarvis and Adj. James Carew of Col. Henry Jackson’s Additional Continental Regiment. Both men requested that Heath write GW to allow them to resign, Jarvis citing “Bussiness … which has suffered exceedingly by my absence” and Carew citing business, family affairs, and a “Constitution … by no means equal to the fatigues of a Camp” (both DLC:GW).

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