George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hurlbut, 12 April 1781

Westmoreland 12th April 1781


your Excellency will remember that you received a letter by me from his Excellency Governor Trumbull: at Litchfield in Connecticut the beginning of last march; Inclosing the Coppys of Two Memorials from this place in the name of Thomas McCluer & Others; John Ryon and Others; praying for a discharge from the Service as also the resolves of the assembly thereon—upon my return home I found that the men had most of them marched out, and Others have Since marched, Some few Still remaining who have Large Expensive familys have been Indulged by Colo. Durkee to Continue untill further Orders. and by letters from Camp am Informed that they have received no Orders from your Excellency respecting the Subject of their Discharge—Altho these men weigh but little in the Grand scale of the American Interest. yet their property and family Connections are Dear to them as Individuals—I would therefore in behalf of those men Intreat that their Case may not be Overlooked as of Small Consequence but that they may have an answer as soon as may be Consistant with the publick Good, the state of their case need not be again represented only this much the Season of the year is Such they need Soon to know their Destiny as they must Expect to Support themselves and familys those that have.

The Case of John Ryon &c. Differs from the Others as they are and were Counted for the State Quota I Should think the resolve of Congress with respect to them was not Necessary but we Submit all to your Excellencys Great Goodness.

Sr you will Excuse my thus writing as they have applyed to me for to assist them by personally applying to your Excellency—the applycation to the Assembly of Connecticut has already Cost them a Considerable Sum Length of Service and badness of pay has reduced them to a low State as to Interest. I am Sr with the Greatest Esteem & respect your Excellencys most Obedient & very humble Servt

John Hurlbutt

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