George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joseph Washburn, 9 April 1780

Camp Highlands April 9th 1780


I beg leave to represent to your Excellency that I have served in the Army of the United States ever since the Commencement of Hostilities, & flatter myself that I have always done my duty in such a manner as to gain the Approbation of my Superior Officers, & that my desire to serve my country has not in the least abated, thro’ the various Hardships & Tryals that I have undergone. The rapid & continual Depreciation of the currency, the total Expenditure of my patrimony, & the smallness of my pay make it entirely impossible for me to support the character & appearance, that an Officer in the Army ought to—The intended Bounty of the State of Massachusetts has not given that satisfaction that was expected—From Your Excellency’s known disposition of Benificence, I take the liberty to ask, tho’ with reluctance, a Discharge from the Army.

A Compliance with the above request will be ever esteemed as the greatest of favors by Your Excellency’s most obedient and very humble Servant

Joseph Washburn

Lieut. 15th Mass. Regt

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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