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Letter from General Ward to General Washington


Camp at Roxbury, March 22, 1776.

SIR: I am now to inform your Excellency that I am in such an ill state of health, that I do not think myself capable of doing the duty which ought to be done by me through the ensuing campaign, in the station I am now in. And to eat the Continental bread, and not do the duty, is what I am much averse to. Therefore, I must beg leave to resign my command, and to withdraw from the Army after the expiration of this month.

I am your Excellency' s most obedient, humble servant,


To His Excellency General Washington.