Boston Octr 11 1780
May it please your Excellency
to permit one who has had the honor of serveing under you in the Field to intrude and for a Moment divert your attention from the more important Concerns that are continually crowding on you to beg permission to lay before your Excellency a Claim the Justice of which I most cheerfully submit to your Detirmination, In January 1777 I was appointed as Paymaster to one of the Extra Regiments to be commanded by Collo. Ezekl Cornell & Recived Inlisting Orders & Instructions signed by him, and continued till the fourteenth of July following when the Collo. sent me a Verbal message he had resign’d. till then I was prevented entering into any other service, as belonging to that Regement and never drew any pay or Rations during that time, in the Winter of 1778 I had the honor of applying to your Excellency on the subject and by your Direction made applycation to Collo. Cornell for a Certificate but though he acknowledged I did belong to the Regement yet the affair seem to him so perplexing he declind giveing the Certificate thus may it please your Excellency the affair is realy [situated] and I know of no way to obtain what I think I have some reason to suppose is my Just due unless your Excellency will condesend to put me in a Way. the sum though small is of consequence to me being by the new arangment thrown out of all imploy but though poor I have the consolation of Reflecting that I have to the best of my Judgment done my Duty both in the Line & while on the Staff with the additional pleasure of being able to settle my Public accounts and have a Balance in my favor.
That Heaven may ever gaurd you from all Conspiracies and Dangers of your Enemies will ever be the fervent wish[es] of him who is with the greatest Devotion Your most obedt & most hble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.