George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ebenezer Perkins, 1 July 1780

July 1st 1780

May It Please Your Excellency—

I cannot but with the utmost gratitude Acknowledge the honors confered on me, Since I Joind the Continental Army with my brethern in defence of the rights of Mankind and America—From the beginning of the year 1775; I have employed my whole time in the Service of my Country with the utmost chearfullness; nor have I Repined at the (Inadequate) rewards I have recieved for my Services; But finding; the bloom of youth wasting; my health decaying; And the Small Patrimony I was possessed of; almost Exhausted; and no provision made for approaching Old Age—these Reasons with others equally important Obliges me; (altho with much reluctance) to request of your Excellency that I may be honorably discharged from the Army; which I humbly desire may not be denied to him who is and ever will remain his Countrys Friend; and your Excellencys most Obedt hble Servt

Ebenr Perkins, Captain

8th Connect. Regimt

By the desire of Capt. Perkis, and under the present Circumstances think it will be no disadvantage to the Regt, I do therefore Recommend him to your Exellency for a Discharge.

Josiah Starr Colo.

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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