Philadelphia Octr 1780
I had the honor of adressing your Excellency under date of the 23 Ins. and am this moment favord with your Letter of [ ]
Your Excellency does justice to my Sentiments in supposing that it is my highest ambition to render myself usefull to the United States—If I can be more so to the Southward than in this Department I go with pleasure and it is this Idea alone that lessens the regret I feel in leaving the Army under your Excellencys immediate Command.
With respect to the Arrangement of my Department I must refer your Excellency to my last—the only wish I have to prefer is that those Officers whom your Excellency has chosen & who have hitherto assured me with so much Credit in the Department may be continued and their situations made as Elligible as possible. I have the honor to be with great respect Your Excellencys most Obedient and very hum. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.