Verplanks Point Janry 24th 1781
Although I can easily conceive that the time of your Excellency must be much engrossed by the important Affairs of these States, yet from your former Politness I am induced once more, as an Individual, to beg your Attention. I have an Inclination to exchange Places with a Captain, of the late Colonel James Livingston’s Regiment, who is very Desirous to continue in Service, but before the Matter is fully determined on my part, I could wish to know the Opinion of your Excellency, whether an Act of this nature made with satisfaction to the Colonel and other Officers would be licit, and whether the Officers of that Regt are to depend on the Continent at large, or on the State of New York in particular, for their half Pay, or the Advantages of the Act of Congress on which they retire—your Answer as soon as is convenient will be most gratefully Acknowledged, and will infintly oblige your Excellency’s Mo. Obet Mo. Devoted and Mo. Hbe Servt
J. Sumner Capt. Camp at Kings Ferry
DLC: Papers of George Washington.