Peekskil February 20th 1781
As I am truely sensible of your Excellencys Attention, in the offer you made me, I am impelled by Gratitude to return you my thanks for it.
It is with much truth that I assure your Excellency, that nothing but a peculiarity of Situation constrains me to decline, what Inclination prompts me to accept. This determination is induced by a full review of my Condition, and as I flatter myself that my Conduct hitherto, has met with your Excellencys Approbation, I cannot but hope, this Instance will not be displeasing. I am With every Sentiment of Respect Your Excellencys Obliged Servant
N.B. A Cold prevents my waiting on Your Excellency in person, which I hope will appoligize for my not [doing] it.
NHi: John Laurance Papers.