George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Bloodgood, 24 November 1782

Albany 24th November 1782


Altho I have not the honor to be personally known to your Excellency, yet the circumstances which impells me to Address you at this time are of such a nature as I flatter myself will plead an Excuse for the liberty I have taken.

After having been persecuted near six Months with all the rancour which the malice of my Enemies could suggest, I was at last favour’d with a Tryal, and notwithstanding the Evidences which would have been conclusive in my favour as Containd in the Proceedings of a Court of Enquiry were thro the Influence of my prosecutor rejected, I was Acquitted of any the least Criminal Intentions, and sentenced to receive a reprimand from your Excellency as a punishment due to an imprudent Action.

But how great was my surprize at the reading the general orders of this day in which was Contained a sentence which not only deprived me of a Military Existance but even rendered me unworthy of a place in civil Society.

How far the punishment Contained in the Censure is proportioned to the Offence I submit to the Consideration of your Excellency, and only intreat that I may be permitted to resign that Commission which the rigors of fate forbids me to hold with honor. I have the Honor to be with most perfect respect Your Excellencys Most Hble Servt

Wm Bloodgood

DNA: RG 93—War Department.

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