George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Heacock, 3 April 1780

April 3rd 1780

May it please your Excellency

Nothing but absolute nasesity could have induced me to the disagreeable truth of requesting of your Excellency a resignation from a service; where regularity and unity, together with the Justness of the Cause; was to me a sufficient Inducement to forego the pleasures of a domestick life, and with pleasure to face every danger and hardship my duty called me to through five successfull Camp[a]in; but at length I find my self induced to this onely alternative, either to Quit the Army and become a sitteson, or to have the mortification of seeing my self, and family become dependant; the Idea of which fills my mind with the most painfull sensation[s]; and upon serious reflection, and in Justis to my self and posterity, am by nassesity obliged to determin upon the former; and humbly request the favour of your Excellency to sign my Resignation and am with the utmost submission your Excellencys mos. Obedient Devoted Humble Servant

Samuel Heacock Lieut:

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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