Head Quarters 23d April 1783
I have received your favor of the 16th instant.
The case of Mr Reckless I have referred to the Secrety at War, who will take care to fulfill his wishes.
In answer to your Questions respecting the Engineers, I can only say, that a Peace Establishment is now under consideration, in which it is recommended that Congress should form Military Academies & Manufactories, as a part of this Establishment; should this Idea be adopted, and the Plan carried into execution; it will doubtless, be necessary for us to retain some of the French Engineers now in America, for the first beginning of the Institution—The particular Number or persons cannot now be pointed out—I am persuaded that none will be more agreeable than those Gentlemen of your Corps who have distinguished themselves in our Service with so much Ability & Satisfaction. Your Most Obedient Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.