Rocky Hill near Princeton Augst 29th 1783
I am very sorry to find by the Report of the Baron Steuben there is no probability that we shall be put in possession of the Western Posts this fall—in consequence of this information and the late season of the year I have directed the Movement of the Troops to be stopped, & the preparations to be suspended until farther Orders.
Major Giles (who is the bearer of this Letter) having occasion to make some application to your Legislature respecting a part of the Estate of Mr Axtil the Uncle of Mrs Giles, & being unknown to you & but little acquainted with any of the Gentlemen of your Legislature, I could not hesitate to bring him acquainted with your Excellency, and to recommend him to your favorable Notice as a Gentleman & an Officer of Reputation. I have the honor to be With the highest esteem &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.