George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Adam Fish, 14 April 1780

West Point April 14th 1780

May it please your Excellency

Whereas I embark’d in the Glorious Cause of my Country in the Earliest Period, with a full Resolution of living or dying with my Brethren in the Defence of my Country—But now Duty to my Parents urge and Necessity obliges me to alter my Determination. My Parents are upwards of Seventy five years of Age, and are now in a Country filld with disaffected People & Monopolisers; they being thus advanc’d in Years are utterly incapable of acting consistant to their own Interest whereby I am in the greatest Danger of loosing my Fortune. And as they have no other Son or Relation to conduct their Business but myself, my Duty to my aged Parents calls my Earliest Attention and obliges me, though with Reluctance, to offer this my Resignation. Hoping that your Excellency will consider my Necessitous Circumstances and send me a Discharge and your humble Petitioner in Duty Bound shall ever pray.

Adam Fish

Capt. Lt., 14th Massa. Regt

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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