Philadelphia 17th Dec. 1781.
In answer to your favour of this day, I beg leave to inform your Excellency, that the Resolutions you allude to, were transmitted to Genl Greene, by Express, on Saturday last; and that it is the desire and expectation of Congress that the Returns of the Troops composing the Southern Army should be called for by your Excellency, and forwarded to the Executives of the States to which they respectively belong. I have the honor to be, with the highest respect, Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant
John Hanson Presidt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.