George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Israel Putnam, 25 January 1779

From Major General Israel Putnam

Camp Reading [Redding, Conn.] Jany 25th 1779

Dear Genl

I wrote your Excellency yesterday, in which I gave you all the intelligence that could be collected.

As my Domestic affairs, are in much confution, and there is many things which cannot be setled, but by myself, I am under the necessity of requesting yr Excellencys permission to be absent from Camp for about thirty days—If I may be permitted, I should choose to set off some time in the month of March, when Genl Parsons, & probably Genl Huntington will be here—I have a further view in soliciting this indulgance—which is to lay an Anchor to windward for a Wife, again the expiration of the War.1 I am with great respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt Sert

Israel Putnam


1For GW’s reluctant consent to this request, see his letter to Putnam of 10 February. Putnam began his leave of absence on 2 April and returned to Redding by 7 May (see Putnam to GW, 1 April and 7 May, DLC:GW). Putnam’s second wife, Deborah Lothrop Avery Gardiner Putnam, had died on 14 Oct. 1777 (see Putnam to GW, 16 Oct. and 16 Dec. 1777). Putnam never married again.

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