Middletown Decembr 27th 1781
After a long Confinment to a sick bed, I have just recovered Strength to be brought Home; and am able to attend to a little Business though I have not strength to go abroad.
The Board of War in a Letter to me of the 23d of October, directed that the disabled Officers of the Connecticutt Line might, if they consented, go out of Aervice as retireing Officers, a Copy of which Letter is enclosed. I have applied to all those who were reported as disabled Officers, of which Number Major Abnor Prior Capn[s] Parsons & Weed, Lieutnts Belding & Farmer of the Connecticutt Line desire to retire upon the Terms Offered, & request to be reported to the Board of War as retiring Officers. Col: Durkee and the others who are Invalids refuse.
I most heartily congratulate your Excellencey on the important success of the Campaign under your immediate Direction; by which our Country must derive the greatest advantage if they have Spirit to improve this Event properly. I am with the greatest Esteem your Excellencys Obedt Servnt
Saml H. Parsons
DLC: Papers of George Washington.