To George Washington
Williamsburg July 23. 1779
I take the liberty of begging leave of your Excellency to forward the enclosed by the first flag which may happen to be going into New York. They are addressed to [a] good man in distress which I am sure will apologize with you for my asking your intervention. I am with the greatest respect Your Excellencys most obt. & most hbl. servt.,
Tr (DLC). Enclosure missing.
The enclosure was a letter addressed to a Mr. Battora and was promptly forwarded, but the background and result of the incident are not known (Washington to TJ, 16 Aug. 1779).