May the 18th 1782
As the General Courtmartial for the Trial of General McDougall is adjournd untill the tenth of June.
I beg the Favor of your Excellency to grant me leave of absence for that Term of time to Visit my Family provided the service will not be injurd by it—Lt Colo. Mellen and Major Rice are Both Present with the Regt.
Should your Excellency have any Commands to the Eastward I should be Happy in Executing them. I have the Honor to be your Excellencys obedt Humbe Servt
Wm Shepard Colo. 11th Massts Regt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.