Camp Morris Town 22 April 1780
I took the earliest occasion to communicate your request to His Excellency—& the Minister of France, after they returned yesterday evening. They are both very sensible of your politeness, and would circumstances permit they would do themselves the pleasure of dining with you; but the Ministers engagements as long as he can remain in this quarter and the necessity of his returning to Philadelphia, as soon as these are over, will prevent him. And Immediately after his departure—the General expects to be engaged in some important business with a Committee of Congress. His Excellency, the Ambassador, in staying as long as he will, will exceed the time he at first intended. I have the Honor &c.
R. H. H.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.