New Jail of Philadelphia 28 october 1783.
I have the honor to request Your Excellency’s Protection in the Crisis where I am now, and in which I have been brought by the reiterated losses I have suffered from the Ennemy, and by being Induced by some very strong reasons, to lengthen my stay in this Continent.
I am Conscious that you find a great satisfaction in favoring with your recommendation the officers who have proved themselves worthy of your Esteem, and your Excellency has been so Kind as to honor me with a Glorious testimony of his satisfaction of my zeal and services.
I think myself as much Entittled to obtain the Assistance which I claim of the honorable Congress, as during seven years I have been always, and am now very sollictous of finding some means of becoming servicable to the United States.
I hoped to Give some new proofs of it to Your Excellency, by submitting to your Examination different projects of Establishments that I have formed, and should wish to be Impowered to Execute: my confinement has deprived me of that advantage; I hope I shall find afterwards, some opportunities of improving these projects by your Excellent advices. I have the honor to be with the Greatest respect and attachment Your Excellency’s most obedient and humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.