Measures approximately 7 3/4" x 4 1/2" handwritten on wove paper. Dr. Elijah L. Griffiths, surgeon, 79the Regiment, excuses John Parry for a bad fracture below his knee, incapacitating him and rendering him unable to perform military duty. Dated June 15, 1843. Dr. Griffiths was noted as an intimate friend of Thomas Jefferson (see, The History of Salem County). His marriage on December 31, 1829 is recorded in the Pennsylvania Vital Records, Vol. III, p. 153.