Sepr 27th 1780 West Point
May it please your Excellency
From your Excellencies known Humanity I am induced in my present unhappy Situation, to request you will be kind enough to permit me the Sight and conversation of my two Brothers John & Thomas—the latter lives at Kings Ferry, and the former in the Clove, Mrs Smith I am certain your Excellency will not deny me and that she may be permitted to bring with her such Cloathing and other Necessaries, as may be needfull in abating the disagreeable Circumstances attending my Confinement.
If your Excellency will comply with my Request and previledge me with Persons to send to these different Places, you will very oblige your most Obedient humble Sert
Joshua H. Smith
DLC: Papers of George Washington.