measures approximately 7" x 6 5/8" handwritten on wove paper. Dr. Elijah L. Griffiths, surgeon, 79the Regiment, excuses John R. Reder for rheumatic disease preventing him from performing military duty. Dated, June 12, 1839, at Philadelphia. The History of Salem County, New Jersey notes he died in 1847 and had been an "intimate friend of Thomas Jefferson". In The Old Houses of Salem County it notes his house was on land once owned by John Fenwick but property called his "retreat" since it is very inaccessible. In the Salem County Wills (1820) it is noted that he joined others in paying for the annual keep of William Sharp (brother of Abraham Sharp) at the Friends' Asylum of the State of Pennsylvania for maintenance." His marriage on December 31, 1829 is recorded in the Pennsylvania Vital Records, Vol. III, p. 153. Verso is handwritten certificate exempting John R. Reder from military duty.