George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Isaac Franks, 22 March 1782

Philadelphia March 22d 1782

May it Please your Excellency,

It gives me the utmost pain, that I am under the necessity of most humbly requesting, that your Excellency will be pleas’d to accept of the resignation of my Commission, My private affairs call for my immediate and personal attendance, without which, my little Intrest will suffer irreparable injury, some part of it is in the State of New York, of which I am a Native, and were all my connections are, tho I hold my Commission under the state of Massachusetts, were I have not the least connection, when first I enter’d into the service, I had the Command of a little Cash, and my Father gave me hopes that I should not want for a further supply, but Unforeseen losses has put it out of his power, to afford me any Assistance, which has put me to very greate difficultys, and especially at this present time, tis with the utmost reluctance I make this Application to your Excellency, happy should I have been, to have continued in the service, if my circumstances would admit of it, I would fain hope that the above reason will induce your Excellency to indulge me in my request. I have the Honour to be, your Excellency’s Most Obedient and Very Humble servent,

Isaac Franks Ensn

7th Masschetts

DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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