April 25th 1780.
To his Excellency George Washington Esq. General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States of America.
The Memorial of John Garthwait of Elizabeth Town in the State of New Jersey, Humbly Sheweth
That your Memorialist did on the 15th day of December in the Year 1776. Inlist as A Soldier in One of the Jersey Regiments for the Term of Three Years only, which your Memorialist can prove as well by the Oath of the Recruiting Officer who inlisted him, as by A Certificate given at the time of the Inlistment, copies of which are hereunto annexed, And your Memorialist doth further shew, that he is now held as a soldier in the Regiment commanded by Coll Shreeve in Lieutt Coll Dehart’s Compy and altho’ your Memorialist has frequently applied for his discharge according to the Terms of his inlistment he has not obtained it, but the same has been refused.
Your Memorialist doth therefore presume to Say his Case before your Excellency, and doth humbly pray that he may be relieved in the premisses, and as in duty bound he shall ever pray &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.