Chatham Jany 20th 1783
Your Excellencys letter of the 15th came safe to hand I consider myself honored by your Excellency’s congratulation on my late promotion & am highly indebted for the part your Excellency was pleased to take on that occasion. A little time, will be requisite for some necessary preparations which shall not detain me longer then this week, when I shall repair to camp without loss of time. Capt. Schaak is still at bottle hill, where he has contracted debts to a considerable amount. he pretends he expects money from New York to discharge them, but he dose not appear to be very anxious about going into New York, owing I beleive principally to a female connexion he is said to have lately made. I have the honor to be yr Excellencys most Hbl. servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.