Head Quarters New Windsor 29th November 1780
I have recd your favr of the 20th—If you and the other Surgeons of the line cannot accomodate the matter of retiring among yourselves, the mode pointed out by the Regulations must be adopted—that is—the youngest must go out, and the two others remain. But I think you and the other Gentleman who wishes to retire had best fall upon the method which several Officers in the line, under similar circumstances, have taken—decide the matter by Lot. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.