Pracaness 15th July 1780
Permit me Sir
To lay a few observations before Your Excellency Viz. I earley enterd the Service of my Country in the present dispute with the King of Great Britain upon such princeples as I am confident will bear the strictest scrutiny and have exerted my self to promote it’s interest to the utmost of my abilities which I hope was not without some good effect; however I find at length that my command is disagreeable to the Corps with which I am serving and therefore must beg a removal or permission to retire from the service. I should be happy in serving this campaign as the prospects appear so glorious should your Excellency point out a mode where I might be of service to my Country; but be assured whether in a civil or millitary Line no exertions in my power shall be wanting to promote the interest of my Country. I am Sir with the utmost respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.