George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 8 September 1780

Camp Near New Bridge 8th Septr 1780


I have this moment had the inclos’d letter deliver’d me from Brigadair Genl Nixon, requesting leave to Resign his Commission, the situation of his Health gives him a claim to the recess from service that he ask’s; the move Especially as he tells me that when by retiring from service he gets Better; his return to Duty Occasions a Relapse—this from repeated instances he finds to be the case. I am Sir with the greatest Respect yr Excellency’s most obt Servt

R. Howe

DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.


Camp 8th Septr 1780

Dear Genl

The present State of my Health Is Such that I’m Constraind by a Necessity that by no means Corresponds with Inclination to beg leave to Resigne the Command I have the Honor to Hold in the army, and you may be assured Sir that this application Does not arrise from any Disgust to the Service, but orrigenates Intirely from my Ill State of Health, and it gives me a most Sensible pain to find my Self reduced to so Disagreeable a Necessity when Honor is to be reaped in the feild of Danger. I have the Honor to be, With Greatest Respect Your Honors most obedt and most Humbl. Servt

Jno. Nixon B.G.

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