Camp Tenefly 24 Aug. 80
I am just favord with your Excellencys Letter of this date, not expecting when I left Fish Kill to command a Division, I took a serjeants guard from Colo. Malcoms Regiment to prevent as much as possible the taking of the Continental Troops from their Regiments when the Business of my Department might oblige me to go from one part of the Army to another—I now only waited a proper Oppt. to send them back and your Excellency may be assured they shall without delay be orderd to their Regiment. I am with the greatest respect Your Excellencys most Obedt & very hum. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.