Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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CERTIFICATE Head Quarters, Cambridge, October 15, 1775.

    These certify, that the bearer, Captain Michael Dowdle 42 [ sic ] has served with credit and reputation, during the course of this campaign, was the first Captain that brought a company of Rifle men to the army and the first of that corps, who did execution against the enemy, he was this day, at his own desire, discharged, as it is inconvenient, to his private affairs to remain longer in the army; his services meriting this certificate of his good conduct, and behaviour. I have accordingly granted him the same. 43

[Note:Dowdie was from York County, Pa. This appears to be the earliest certificate of military service in the Revolutionary War granted by Washington that has yet come to light. Maj. Gen. Charles Lee added his certificate to the above, and the whole was published by Dowdie to counteract gossip as to his conduct. ]
[Note:The text is from the Toner Transcripts in the Library of Congress. ]