George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Lithgow, Jr., 20 July 1796

Georgetown District of Maine July 20 1796


I have the honor to [   ] by your appointment, the Office of District Attorney for Maine and a very melancholy [chronic] Disease, which is thought permanent, having rendered me incompetent to the discharge of the more active duties of that Station; I find myself compelled in justice to the public, to solicit your permission to resign the same.

It seems peculiarly unfortunate & hard Sir that this, should be the second resignation, with what I have had occasion to trouble you; and both arising, from more adventicious inability, to execute the duties of the Offices relinquished. The first, was, of a military Command; and the inevitable consequence of a desperate wound received in Action; and the last, is, the unhappy result of the still more dreadful Malady.

That the United States, may long be aided by your tried Patriotism, & distinguished Abilities at the head of her affairs: and that you Sir, for many, very many happy years to come, may enjoy in tranquil Dignity the just reward of all your toils & labours, so nobly exerted in the Cause of Liberty and your Country, is the earnest wish, and will be the constant prayer, of him, who has the honour to be with the most profound [   ] & respect Sir [   ] obedient And very humble Servant

Wm Lithgow

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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