George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Hodijah Baylies, 13 December 1782

Taunton, near Boston, 13th Decr 1782


The same private Circumstances which led me to request your Excellency’s permission to be absent, a few Weeks, from Head Quarters now constrain me, either to relinquish the Service, or beg for a further Extension of your Indulgence. The former being extremely repugnant to my Feelings, I cannot but hope your Excellency will gratify me in the latter. Two or three Months will probably be decisive; I shall then be able either conveniently to join the Army, or shall be compelled to quit it forever.

Should your Excellency wish to have your Family complete, I would by no Means be considered as an Obstacle; for it would be very wrong in me to desire to be a Bar to your receiving from another that Service, which it is impossible for me, at this Distance, to render. I have the Honour to be, With the most respectful Attachment Your Excellency’s Very Humble Servant

H. Baylies

PHi: Gratz Collection.

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