Philadelphia June 25 1780
My dear General
The loss of Charles town and the army committed to my care are events so important in themselves and may be so interesting in their consequences to the united States that duty to your Excellency & a regard to my own reputation would lead me now to give you a minute detail of the serious circumstances which led here to but as Congress has directed a Court of enquiry into my Conduct during my command southward your Excelly will see that there might be objections to such a measure.
I might beg sir if possible that a court may be soon appointed for this purpose as I wish to return to my family in New England from where I have been long absent—I have had the pleasure of spending a little time with Genl Schuyler to whom I beg to refer you for a General state of matters. I have the honor to be my dear General with the highest esteem your most Obedient & humble sert
P.S. Had I been able to have procured a copy of the resolve I would have done myself the honor to have sent it.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.