Baskenridge 6th Decr 1780
Agreable to what I informed Your Excellency at Morris Town I went to Eliza. Town on Saturday last, in order to prepare matters for my return to New York, where I was Agreably surprised with the Arrival of my Family—This Occurrence will entirely prevent any Thoughts of my Accepting the Honor Your Excellency designed me in the Appointment to the Care of the Prisoners in that City—and indeed the very severe Treatment my Family has met with in my Absence, and the Threats publickly made use of against me incase of my return, fully Convinces me, if there was the least doubt before, that my Return would have been at least attended with many unforeseen difficulties—I have the highest Sense of your Excellency’s past goodness, and shall ever bear the most greatful Remembrance of the favourable attention Your Excellency has paid to my peculiar Circumstances.
It would give me real Pleasure could I in any future department of Life Oblige Your Excellency in the smallest Instance or be in the least Serviceable to advance or prosper the Common Cause of America. I have the Honor to be with great Respect Your Excellencys most Obedient Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.