Philadelphia 18 Mch 82
I am honord with your Letter of this Morning.
It would give me very great pleasure to recommend to Congress an Officer of your Rank and Abilities—could I suppose that such a recommendation would have any weight in inducing them to accept those offers of Service which you Sir so generously make—to this Country—but I am sorry to say that the situation of our affairs at this time is Such that a considerable reduction has lately taken place among our old officers by which some very valuable General Officers who have Served their Country during the whole of this Contest & who wished to remain in service—will be obliged to retire.
I sincerely lament—that your arrival in America was not at an earlier period when this Country could have Employed you in a manner Suitable to your Rank & thereby have recd essential benefit from that Military Experience which a length of Service must have given you. I have the honor to be.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.