George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Holden Parsons, 6 February 1781

Fishkill 6th Feby 1781

Dear General

I was on my Way to wait on your Excellency but the Difficulty of passing the River prevents my pursuing my Intention.

The inclosd Letter from Major Alden & Certificate from the Officer commanding the Regiment, is to request his Discharge from the Service—I am sorry his circumstances require him to leave the Army, but am convincd his Reasons are such as ought to intitle him to his Discharge—I have known him from the Time of his engaging in Service and no young Gentleman, I believe, has merited a better Character as an Officer in our late Enterprize he was kind enough to assist me, when I had Opportunity of receiving convincing Proof of his personal Bravery, coolness & judicious Conduct. Though I think the Army will loose a very valuable Officer yet I must join him in requesting his Discharge. If your Excellency can think he merits any particular Marks of Distinction in his Discharge: your Approbation of him will be particularly agreable to the Delicacy of his Sentiments & Feelings; he has never receivd his Commission is the Reason it is not transmitted. When the River becomes passible I shall wait on your Excellency on other Affairs. Our Line[s] at present remain quiet. The Enemy since our Enterprize have removd to the Point of Morrisania near the Widow Morris’s where (if whale Boats could be provided in the Sound) they may be wholly extirpated with more ease & less Danger than in any other Way. I am with the greatest Respect, Yr Excellency’s Obedt Servt

Saml H. Parsons

DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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