Hd Qrs 17th July 1780
Since I saw you I have reflected upon the request of the General Officers for permitting Genl McDougall to go to Philadelphia with their representation to Congress. His presence here, from his knowledge of Naval affairs, may be very important at this juncture but if his going to Phila be thought essential by the Genls I shall give my consent—I am—Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt
P.S. I shall expect his opinion first on the operations of the Campaign; which he has not yet given.
DNA: RG 93—War Department.