February 9th 1783.
By letters I have received I find it very necessary to my affairs to repair to Boston as soon as possible; and therefore request of your Excellency that leave of absence you was so kind as to intimate you would in that case give me when I had the honor to speak to you upon the subject. I should have been glad the necessity of going had not occured; but since it has your indulgence will much oblige. Dear sir; Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.