George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Captain Robert Forsyth, 5 September 1779

To Captain Robert Forsyth

Head Quarters West-point 5th Septr 1779.


I am always sorry to lose a good officer or when the circumstances of his affairs render his resignation necessary—I feel myself however in this instance pleased that we are not to be deprived of your services, but that we are still to enjoy their usefulness in another line of the army1—Under this idea I the more willingly at this time acquiesce in your resignation.2

It is usual to furnish a certificate that all public or regimental accounts have been settled, you will be pleased to procure such a certified settlement in order that your resignation may be completed. I am Sir &c.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The following text, in James McHenry’s writing, is lined out following the dash: “I have no dout but you will discharge the dutie[s] of purchasing Commissary.”

2Forsyth had been serving as a captain in Maj. Henry Lee’s Partisan Corps (see Lee to GW, 22 Aug., n.6) and had just received an appointment as a deputy commissary of purchases in Virginia (Greene Papers, description begins Richard K. Showman et al., eds. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. 13 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–2005. description ends 4:362, 460).

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