West point March 16th 1780
From the large discharge of the Soldiers in the Regt and Compy to which I belong, I am induced to Request Your Excellency to grant me admission from the Service: the little prospect of Recruiting, the Men from Massachusetts State, and of consequence the small Command that Officers must take up with; are the only Reasons that I found my Desires upon.
I am with the greatest Respect, Your Excellencys most Obedient and very Hume Servt
Lt of the 11th M. R.
DNA: RG 93—War Department.