[dateline] Ticonderoga July 22. 1776
The strong inclination I have to Serve the Continent, has induced me to continew in
the Service of the Publick. I have ever complied with all orders, and cherfully gone
whereever I have been directed, and with the greatest dilligence, I have done my duty
in the best manner I have been capable of. I feel with gratitude what the Congress
have done for me—but I must request liberty from the Congress to retire from the Service,
unless they Shall think my Service and abilities equal to the Rank and pay of a Colonel.
I acknowledge it is with some reluctancy, I shall leave the Service, but I see a Plenty
of hard fateague before me, and this is not one of the pleasantest Countries to live
in. I doubt not you will find a person more equal to the Service than I am. Sir, Pleas
to make a Just representation of me to Congress,1
which will ever be thankfully Acknowledged by your Very Humble Sert.
[signed] Jeduthun Baldwin
P. S. Genl. Sullivan is acquainted with me and will be at Philadelphia.