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Context of General Lee's resignation : To the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Barrington, His Majesty's secretary at war. Philadelphia, June 22, 1775. My Lord, although I can by no means subscribe to the opinion of divers people in the world, that an officer on half pay is to be considered in the service, yet I think it a point of delicacy to pay a deference to this opinion, erroneous and absurd as it is. I therefore apprise your lordship in the most public and solemn manner, that I renounce my half-pay, from the date hereof ..
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