George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Barnes, 20 September 1780

Salam September 20th 1780

May please Your Excellency

Att the Commensment of the present War I cherfully with the rest of my Brethren readily exchangd a domestic Life and Joind in supporting the cause of my Country—all which time I have had Honor of wearing a Captans Commission till the year 1779 when I was Honord with the Appointmint of a Majority—and I still have the good of my Countrys Cause at heart—and would gladly and cherfully serve them but having a wife and family to support—find my self very unable to do it so long as I remain in the service of my Country—Therfor I beg Your Excellency would take the Matter into your Wise Consideration and except of my Resignation—and grant me a discharge. As I am in duty Bound Your Excellencys most Obedient and very Humble servant

Thomas Barnes

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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