George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Webb, 26 May 1780

Highlands May 26th 1780

May it please your Excellency

Having [   ] engaged in the Cause of my Country at the commencement of the present War, I long exalted in the thoughts of serving till the War was ended, & a peace on honorable terms declared—But Fortune and Fate (alike ever changing) has ordered it otherways—and I am now under the disagreable necessity of requesting a discharge—Not only interest, but Duty & Honour demands that it should be done immediately—Relying on your [   ]dness—I am the more [   ] it [   ] as it is my first Determination founded on the clearest principles of Justice & Equity, I must therefore entreat of your Excellency to grant my request—In doing of which You will confer an Obligation never to be forgotten—By your Excellencys Most Obedt Humble Servant

James Webb Ensn

[   ] Mastt. Regt

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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