George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Aaron St. John, 14 August 1781

Camp Augus. 14th 1781


I Need only say that I belong to the Connecticut Line of the Army and am not a man of fortune to convince Your Excellency that I am reduced to the necessity of asking a dismission, and in the midst of a Compain, pregnent with the most flattering prospects that ever yet appeared in America—Indeed I should delight much in serving my Country till expel’d from her borders the Usurpers of my Freedom, would my constituants grant me suport, but after serving near Two Years upon the benevelence of my frinds, (as contrary as it is to every soldier like feeling) am Obliged at this time to request a Discharge. From your most Obediant & most Humble servt

Aaron St John Ensn

3d Connt Regiment

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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