Head Quarters New Windsor Janry 19th 1781
I was favored last Evening with your Letter of the same date, on the subject of which you will be pleased to observe, that as I had before given My opinion that no promotions could take place after the publication of the Resolution of Congress to the Army; so I still remain decidedly of that sentiment—And that no power inferior to Congress can make a Departure from it in practice warrantable.
I have never written to Govr Hancock respecting the matter, or taken any Measures which could countenance to an opinion contrary to the foregoing. I am Sir
DLC: Papers of George Washington.