Hutts near West Point May 25th 1781
Lieut. Mitchell of the 2d Massachusetts Regiment, who will have the honor of delivering your Excellency this applies for a discharge from the service.
Whatever Mr Mitchells reason may be, I cannot ascertain. I have endeavoured to use my influence to dissuade him to the contrary, but it is of no avail. It being his first determination to leave the Army, I recommend him to Your Excellency for a discharge. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt humb. Servant
C. Gibbs Major Comdt 2d Massts Regt
DNA: RG 93—War Department.