MAXWELL, Colonel Jn. Autograph letter signed to Sir George Yonge, 2 sides, 4to, with endorsement on integral blank, Ply[mouth] Citadel, 19th Octr. 1789, expressing his mortification and disappointment in regard to the contents of an enclosed copy letter (not present) from Yonge to Lord George Lennox, “I shall beg leave if possible to obviate the objection, by ---- that I never qited the Service, but on considerations of the slender Allowance I was to have for doing the Duty of First Major During the Life of the Late Incumbent (which was almost nine years) I was allowd to Dispose of my Ensigncy Only, Being then a Lieut. in the 3d Reg. or Old Buffs, both of which Commissions I had Purchasd, & shoud have remaind in this Line of Service, had my health admitted of in being then a young man, & had many good friends to Purchase forward, but having lost my health by having undergone many hardships in the Different Expeditions on the French Coast, all of which I was in, & afterwards was sent to Portugal the War before the last, rendered me incapable of undergoing the necessary Fatigue of the Service & was this Occation by the advice of my Phisitian to give it up for this place which has lost me Every Kind of Prefirment”, and more in the same vein. The endorsement overleaf includes a note “Lord G.Lenox is perfectly satisfied”.
Sir George Yonge (1732–1812) was Secretary of War in the period 1782-1794. Lord George Lennox (1737–1805) had a long military career, who later in life was appointed constable of the Tower of London in 1783; he was sworn of the privy council in 1784, and was promoted full general in 1793.ODNB