Head Qurs Morris Town April 1st 1780
From the desire and endeavours of many of the Soldiery to leave the service wherever they can, under the pretext of their having been only temporarily engaged, and that their inlistments have expired,— and the difficulty of ascertaining the point in most instances on account of their inlistments being lost or of the resignations or deaths of the Officers who inlisted them, which are the cases it is found in which they generally prefer their claims to be discharged — I would take the liberty to request that the Honourable Board would transmit me the Muster Rolls for May & June, & July 1777 as it is by these only that the matter can be determined so as to do justice to the Men & the Public. When these claims shall appear to be pretty well adjusted — the Rolls shall be returned. I have the Honour to be with great respect Gentn Yr Most Obed St
DLC: Papers of George Washington.