Camp 6th Octr 1780
I am convinc’d ’twill be some Weeks before I shall be able to do any Duty, if I should recover from my present Sickness. I beleive my Strength would admit my going to my Family by slow Journey if I can obtain your Consent for which purpose Mr Laurence waits upon you—from mine to your Excellincy on the Subject of General Smallwood’s Promotion you see I cannot return in my present Rank to the Service of another Campaign; and as the remainder of this, after my Health will probably be restord, will aford little Time for doing Duty after I shall join, I could wish if it was not inconsistant with Your Excellency’s Plans that I may be appointed to the Command of the Troops near N. Castle & Horseneck until their Service shall Expire which I imagine will nearly end my own. I am Dr General your Obedt Servt
Saml H. Parsons
DLC: Papers of George Washington.