Westpoint 30th Nov. 80
The Impaired state of my health, and the situation of my family, togither with the unsetled state of my accounts with New Hampshire, renders my presence there the ensuing winter very necessary. I have never as yet setled my depreciation, nor received any Cash on that head from them, I should be very glad to do it this Winter: without which it will be in a manner impossible, for me to subsist in the Army.
The Brigade that I have had the Honor to Command, is now ordered to join their respective States Troops; therefore it is not probable, that it will be in my power to render my Country any essential Service, untill the opening of another Campaign.
The many favours I have received, and the known Zeal you have shewn for your Officers; together with your care of their Interest, strongly invites me to ask the favour of absence untill the Spring.
That the request may be granted, is the ardent desire of, Your Excellencys, most Obedient, most devoted, & very Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.