George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Richard Butler, 24 December 1782

Head Quarters Newburgh Decr 24th 1782

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 7th inst. has been duly received—Agreeably to your request I enclose Discharges for the Men you have mentioned by name—Whenever there are any other instances in which you think the good of the service will be promoted by similar exchanges, I shall not hesitate to give my assent thereto.

At the same time, I am very happy to hear you are to continue in service, I am extremely distressed with a consideration of the disagreeable feelings & prospects of many of the brave Officers, from whose zeal experience & ability the Public has derived such essential services, and who are now to bid adieu to their Military connections.

Altho’ it may not be in the power of our Country & the present age to do ample justice to the Merits of those gallant Officers & Men who have composed the American Army, and by their bravery & perseverance effected the Independence of this vast Continent; yet a pleasing consciousness of having been instrumental in producing so great an event, and a reflexion that the unbiased World & Posterity will view their exertions in the fairest point of light, will sooth many an anxious hour. and I cannot but hope the sweets of liberty, peace, & domestic enjoyment, are yet to be tasted by those who have shared so freely in the fatigues & dangers of procuring these inestimable blessings for others. With sentiments of the highest esteem I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Servt

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