February 1st 1781
May it please your Excellency
Sensible that applications of this kind must be very disagreable to your Excellency—therefore it is with the more reluctance I attempt it—nothing but the want of Health at this period of the grand struggle would induce me to Request Your Excellency Leave to resign my Commission in the Continental Army.
The want of Health being my present situation and has been for a Long time—therefore pray Your Excellency would grant my request—and altho: the want of Health forbids my further service in the Field yet I please my self with the prospect of further Services as a Citizen.
And have only to add my warmest wishes that his Excellency, may have the satisfaction very soon to see all his exertions, and fatigues amply rewarded in a happy and Honourable Peace is the sincere Desire of your Excellencys most Obedt Humble Servant
DNA: RG 93—War Department.