Head Quarters Newburgh 7 February 1783
As the Court of Enquiry upon a reversal of their Proceedings are still of opinion that the Negro man claimed by you is legally holden to serve the term he is inlisted for, & that your only remedy is against the State—The Commmander in Chief does not think himself authorized to discharge the Sd Negro, unless another Man is obtained by the State, or otherwise to serve in his room. I am Sir With great respect Your Most Obedt Servt
D. Humphrys A.D.C.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.