Philadelphia April 9th 1781
It is with regret and pain that I have to sollicit your attention to a Subject which is of importance to me, and which nothing but the attachment I bear to my family would induce me to mention to my General.
I was early engaged in the present struggles of my Country, and I pursued your Excellency’s fortunes at periods which required fortitude and Constancy, and nothing has suported my Zeal more than a flattering hope, that in the execution of my duty I had merited your Excellencys approbation, and not wishing to abate from the original ardour with which I first engaged; I should still continue to persevere; did not the pressing calls of my family closely demand my attention and care.
With a Cheirful acknowledgment of your goodness on every occassion, I pray your Excellency’s Leave to Resign my Commission; and altho I am sensibly affected at this step, from a recollection of your Excellency’s Paternal affection to all under your care, yet I have to assure you Sir, that when ever the good of America shall call for the Aid of her inhabitants it shall be my Ambition to hasten to the field, with disinterested chearfulness, and bear a part with my fellow Citizens, in their Righteous efforts, for Liberty, and Independence.
Thus with unfeigned sentiments of regard for your person; and desires for your future felicity, permit me the Honour to Subscribe my self Your Excellency’s most Obedient and Devoted Humble Servant
Inclosed are the Creditors Certificates that reside here, and I have requested my friend near Head Quarters, to be so obliging as to procure a Certificate from the Auditor with the Grand Army, and present to your Excellancy in my behalf; which with the inclosed may shew, that I am not indebted to the State of Pensylvania, or to the United States and not having the paymaster’s vouchers, occassioned by his absence to shew I am not indebted to the Regiment of Artillery Commanded by me, I here, beg my word of Honour to be accepted as my surity that I am not.
I would personaly have waited on your Excellency, but for my present disability of body, which I am labouring under for some time past, & has indeed prevented me. most respectfully I am Yours
DLC: Papers of George Washington.