Highlands May 1st 1781
Having been ever sensible of the importance of the present struggles between America & Great Britain, and from a full conviction of the Justice of our Cause, I early engaged in the services of my Country with a design never to quit it until a peace was settled upon honorable Terms, but by reason of some unforeseen Events, the Situation of my Family is such as loudly calls upon me to retire to a domestic Life as I think their happiness is too great a sacrifise for me to make, which is the only reason that induces me to ask your Excellency’s permission to resign my Commission—I beg your Excellency would please to accept this as my Resignation and grant me a Discharge. I am Sir your Excellency’s most Obedt Humle Sert
John St John
Capt. in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.