George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Kearsley, 4 June 1779

From Samuel Kearsley

Carlisle [Pa.] June 4th 79


having in some small degree regulated the necessituous Circumstances of my family which have accrued by the loss of my house & Effects by fire in my absence in the service of my Country, and having maturely Considered those principles suggested in your Excellencys last letter to me on the Subject of my Resignation1 I have decided in favor of the service as I have ever been Anxious to promote the True Interest of my Country since the earliest period of this unhappy war, and embarked in it I hope on just principles, I am determined to pursue your Excellencys fortune as God shall enable me till it is come to a close; twas always my Study to deserve the Esteem of my superior Officers in the service and my highest ambition shall be to deserve those characters with which your Excellency was pleas’d to Honour me in the Close of your letter I shall set out in a day or two for the Regiment & Beg your Excellency will be pleasd to honor me with your Sentiments by the first Express that may be forwarding Dispatches to the Department2—With Devout wishes for your preservation & happiness I Take the honor of being Your Excellencys most Obedient & Very Humble Servant

Saml Kearsley

LS, PHi: Dreer Collection; Sprague transcript and original cover, DLC:GW.

1See GW to Kearsley, 29 April, and n.1 to that document. For other letters related to Kearsley’s resignation as captain upon being transferred from Col. William Malcom’s Additional Continental Regiment to Col. Oliver Spencer’s Additional Continental Regiment, see William Malcom to GW, 15 April, and GW to Malcom, 17–18 April.

2For GW’s refusal to reintroduce Kearsley into the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment at his former rank, see GW to Kearsley, 9 July; see also GW to Adam Hubley, Jr., that date, and to John Armstrong, 13 July.

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