Philadelphia June 27th 1781
When I wrote your Excellency the 16th instant I had small hope of any effectual measures being adopted for filling the Line—and was that day leaving Town on my proposed Volunteer scheme—when, I received a message from sundry numbers of Assembly requesting me to wait a few days, as there was a prospect of the Recruiting bill being amended—I have the honour to enclose the Law, which I hope will produce a number of men—I think it more essential for me to pay attention to this business than the—Volunteers which is at best a poor alternative except in cases of extremity.
As Genl St Clair talks of going to Head Quarters in a few days—he will inform your Excellency of our measures & expectations. I have the honour to be Sir your Excellencys Most Obedient, and Most Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.