Oct 26, 2023 - Sale 2650

Sale 2650 - Lot 6

Price Realized: $ 11,250
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Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
RESPONDING TO GENERAL GLOVER'S RESIGNATION (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) WASHINGTON, GEORGE. Letter Signed, "G:Washington," to General John Glover, expressing sympathy [Glover's wife had died], and reporting that his resignation request has been forwarded to Congress. Text in the hand of his aide-de-camp James McHenry. 1 page, folio; marked even toning, backed, few small scattered holes with minor loss to text, minor chipping to all edges, faint scattered dampstaining, docketing on verso in Glover's hand. Middlebrook, 25 February 1779

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". . . I am sorry for the unfortunate occasion that urges you to leave the service; but as I cannot take the measure on myself of accepting your resignation, I have therefore referred your letter to Congress. . . . [S]hould your resignation [be] accepted, it will be with that concern which I cannot help feeling on the loss of a good officer."
Published in The Papers of George Washington 19, ed. Chase and Ferraro (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009), 260.
On November 13, 1778, General John Glover's wife Hannah, with whom he had 8 children, died. In his letter to George Washington dated January 28, 1779, Glover requested to be dismissed from the service so that he might attend to his family. Washington forwarded the request to Congress, who, on February 27, in lieu of accepting Glover's resignation, granted him a furlough. Glover continued to serve in the army until his retirement in 1782.