Springfield 24th March 80
as Capt. Josiah Lacey of the 5th Connectticut Regiment has made Application to me for Leave of Absence on account of the Distres’d Circumstances of his Family by reason of Sickness Considering the Late orders given by Your Excellency prohibiting Either Officer or Soldier to be absent on Furlough after the first of april next Consider my Selfe not authoris’d to grant him Leave of absence.
but would Recommend him to Your Excellency for Leave of absence if Consistant with Your Excellencys pleasure. I am Sir with Sentiments of Esteem your Excellencys most Obedient Humble Servt
L[ie]t. Colo. Comdat of 2d Brigade
DLC: Papers of George Washington.