From Colonel Richard Butler
Philada May 1st 1779
When I left Camp I had no Idea that my little buisiness would have given me So much trouble else I would have requested more time of your Excellency to do it in, but, as there is A good field Officer with my Regt, I hope the Service will be at no loss & that your Excellency will Excuse my Stay untill I get it done which I hope will be in A few days—& I think it will be better to have my affairs Regulated now, than perhaps be Calld when my Duty requires my Attendance in Camp—these Considerations emboldens me to trouble your Excellency & flatter myself it will have weight with you as I have never had it in my power Since I have been in the Army before.1 I Am with evry Sentiment of Respect your Excellencys most Obedient & very Hbl. st
Richd Butler Col. 9th P. Regt
1. Butler’s “little buisiness” in Philadelphia included securing pay from Congress for his regiment (see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 13:437–38). No reply from GW to this letter has been found.