Hd Qrs New Windsor Feby 22d 81
I have received your letter of the 11th instant and thank you for the account you give me of the operations and prospects relative to your line. It is unfortunate that any thing should have happened to put a stop to the subscriptions of the Merchants which would no doubt have been very useful. I sincerely hope the legislature will take decisive and effectual measures to furnish its complement. It is certain no state in the union has it more in its power—and by the accounts I receive, it appears not to be doubted, that all the states to the Eastward from this inclusively will have their batalions full or nearly so.
I have been well informed of your exertions during the whole of the unhappy disturbance in your line—they do you honor and afford a fresh motive to me for that esteem which you have always possessed. I am with very great regard Dr Sir Yr Obedient servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.