In the letter to Henry Knox, dated 23 April 1792, legendary revolutionary soldier Daniel Morgan rejects the offer of appointment to the rank of Brigadier General in the Legion of the United States (U.S. Army). He refuses the position.
I am Honored with your letter of the 12th Instant In which you inform me of my appointment to the command of a Brigade in the army of the united states. - I am truly sensible of the Honor which the President & Senate have Done me by this appointment, and am sorry I cannot accept of it. - and these are my Reasons. The war with the Indians is a peculier one, and Differs so widely from the usual & regular system of warfare, that in my opinion few amongst the Brave officers of our Late army, are acqainted with it - I can not therefore, think of putting myself, and the Brave men who would Risque themselves with me, under the command of any man whose conduct, and abilities for this service, I am not acqainted with - you will therefore be pleased to consider me as not accepting this appointment – at the same time, I must once more Express the High sense which I Entertain of the Honor conferred upon me – By the President and Senate of the united states.
I have the Honor to be
your obedt. Hble servt
The 23d April 1792