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Washington's View on De Witt's Discharge

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Manuscript File, RG93 view image
Document Information
Date November 17, 1783
Author Name George Washington (primary)
Recipient Name Simeon DeWitt (primary)
Summary General Washington states that he does not think himself at liberty to grant De Witt's discharge as long as Congress has needs of his services. Advises De Witt to apply to Congress to determine if they still have need of his services.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Enclosed in De Witt to Pierce, 03/01/1784
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Simeon DeWitt; George Washington; Congress; ;
Related Places West Point; New York; ;
Keywords office; Congress; liberty; discharge; application; occasion; services;
Key Phrases [not available]

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[Stamped with the number 29134]
Letter from General Washington this Date
West Point 17 Nov 1783
I am favored with your Letter of Yesterday --
The nature of your office being such as that Congress may possibly still have occasion for you I cannot think myself at liberty to grant the Discharge you request but circumstanced as you are, I would advise that you make a final application to Congress to to know if they are inclined to comply with your former application or if they have any further occasion for your services --
I am Sir -- GW