Philadelphia Octr 6th 1780
Congress having Ordered a Court of inquiry on the conduct of Majr Genl Gates as Commander of the Southern army, and directed your Excellency to appoint an Officer to that command. I am authorized by the Delegates of the three Southern States to communicate to your Excellency their wish that Majr Genl Greene may be the Officer appointed to the Command of the Southern department, if it would not be incompatible with the rules of the army. I have the honor to be with the highest respect & the most sincere Esteem Regard yr Excys most Obedt servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.