New Haven Sepr 29th 1780
Permit me to address you by that Title, as being the Father and Saviour of your Country; and at the same time pardon the impertinent boldness of what I am about to request, as it flows from a sincere Love of my Country; and a particular veneration for your Person and Character.
It is now eighteen Months since with the greatest reluctance, I resign’d the Post I held in the Army, owing mostly to a disagreable misunderstanding, between the Officers of our chief in general, and myself in particular, with the commanding officer of the Regiment at that time, which occasion’d a considerable number of them to resign, as well as myself; his manner of behaviour to us, which was the cause of our resignation, Col. Humphry can inform your Excellency as well as myself—I find that I cannot remain easy at Home, an idle Spectator, as long as the War lasts; and at the same time am sensible, that my resignation has entirely precluded me, from the Line of the Army for the future; but still shou’d be exceeding glad, to rejoin it again in some Character, where I cou’d have an opportunity of serving my Country in some measure, and also of gaining the most knowledge to myself: these considerations have induc’d me to request your Excellency wou’d permit me, to serve in your Family as a Volunteer, if it is consistent with the rules and customs of the Army, and your own inclination; I shou’d expect to continue with the Army, as long as the War lasted, (if my Life was spar’d) and shou’d think my[self] very happy, to be so near your Excellency, that I might form myself, both by your precepts and example—If my request shou’d not be thought improper, but shou’d be agreable to your Excellency be pleas’d to communicate it to Col. Humphry and he will inform me of your sentiments on the matter, by the first opportunity. I have the Honour to be your Excellencys Most Obedt And very Hbl. Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.