Philadelphia April 2nd 1781
In Obedience to the Orders of Generall Knox I have repair’d to the post at Carlile, and as far as time would Admitt perform’d every duty enjoin’d upon me, I should still have continued in the performance of the Order laid upon me, but that the Honorable the Board of War were pleas’d to Break up the Post.
I of Course find myself in a very uneligible Situation, And as the present Commissary General of Military Stores is at the point of Death and Cannot in all human probability Live many days, I have to Solicit Your Excellency’s influence and recommendation to the Honorable the Congress (Whom I shall petition on the Subject) for that Appointment I have Spoke to General Sullivan and others My Friends in Congress who informs me nothing is wanting but Your recommendation.
I need not point out to one of Your Excellencys Observation the Length or meritt of my Services, but trust with them the Situation of my Little family together my wishes to render every Service to my Country, will entitle me to Your favourable Opinion. And I am the more induc’d to this request from the very high and gratefull Since I have of Your Excellencys paternal Goodness upon every Occasion, Assuring You that I am with the purest sentiments of Attachment & Respect Your Excellency’s Most Obt & Very Hble servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.