George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Stark, 1 January 1781

Peeks kill Hollow 1st Jany 1781


I have been Honored with your letter of the 31st Ult. together with the enclosed Resolution of Congress. If my health permits, I shall endeavour to pursue my journey by the last of this week; but my finances are entirely exhausted, neither do I know where they can be replenished, unless by application to your Excellency: I believe five Thousand dollars may answer my purpose, if you can grant me that Sum, it will be considered as an infinite obligation. I beg your Excellency will consider, that I have not Drawn a single farthing of Cash (as wages) from the Public, since the last of Decr 1778, and only four thousand Dollars on account since that time; therefore, as my demands have not been great, and my present necessity very urgent, I flatter myself your Excellency will furnish me with the Cash.

As to the term of my absence, it is a matter of Indifference with me, whether your Excellency, or Congress limits it; but either way, I shall return as soon as my health will permit.

Wishing your Excellency a happy new year, and an agreeable winter, I have the Honor to be with much respect & esteem Your Excellency’s most Ob. & very Hu. St

John Stark

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