George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Caleb Gibbs, 13 February 1797

Boston Feby 13th 1797

Dear Sir,

Placed as I am in a situation of live not the most agreable and feeling a conciousness of deserving a better fate I am once more induced before you resign the important station you now fill to address myself to you.

I will not presume Sir to trespass too long upon your patience nor recapitulate my former request but beg of you before the last hour of your administration ceaces not to forget One of your Old Servants, who for five successive years fought by your side filled Offices of trust and confidence under your immediate Inspection which met and obtained your approbation and who for nine years of the prime of his life devoted himself to the service of his country.

If aught of that life claims your attention let me flatter myself that there will be found a situation which will give me a decent Competency (more I do not ask) adequate to the comfort and support of an amiable wife and increasing family. If nothing should present previous to your taking leave of the Government let me be persuaded that a favourable Idea may be conveyed of me to your successor.

And may the God of all mercies have you in his holy keeping through the evening of your days and when the period shall arrive when you must bid adieu to this transitory life may you be received into the blissfull mansions above to reap the rewards of a good and faithful servant.

This is the sincere and ardent prayer of him who always was and always will be Your Affectionate and most devoted Obedient and very humble Servant

Caleb Gibbs

P.S. I entreat of you Sir to Offer me in terms of the highest regard and respect to Mrs Washington.

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