Quarters Near Morristown April 4th 1780.
May it Please your Excellency I have taken the Liberty to inform you that I was at your Quarters the Other Day in Order to Git A Discharge From the Service But was Not Able to Obtain it By Reason of my Staying Longer in the Country this Last winter than I had Permission For I was Advisd By one of your Aids to Wait till Col. Sherburne Returnd to Camp—I have Been Waiting Now twelve Days and he hath Not Returnd I am informd by Capt. Tew Who has Just Arrivd at Camp that he will Not bee in Soon the Situation of My Family and business is Such in the Country that I Cannot Stay any Longer in the Service Conssistent With the Good of my Family And Intrest—if my tarreing in the Country Longer than I had Permission For is A Crime that Cannot bee Overlookt I must beg the Favour of An Opportunity to Answer For the Same—if it Can bee Over Lookt must Beg the Favour of it Discharge From the Service. Your Excellencys Most Obedient Humble Servt
Zadock Howe Lt
in Col. Sherburnes Regt
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.