Head Quarters New Windsor 19th Decemr 1780
We have an Armoury at Albany at which all the Arms in this quarter have been constantly repaired to a very large amount. Several of the Workmen are Citizens, and as they are liable to be called out into the Militia service, they are every now and then taken off, and the public Work thereby impeded. As they are so usefully employed, I would request your Excellency, if it can be done consistently, to grant those who are with Mr Shephard; the principal Armourer an exemption from Military duty while in his service. I have the honor to be &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.