Philips-Town Dutches County Apr. 1st 1780
I have been flattered by vain promises from time to time, that a Provision for my Family, Schould be made, by allowing them the Enjoiment and priviledges of the Place they now posses, but the afair being not decided, and rather turns against any Expectation, I beg your Exellencys indulgency untill the Eigth of this Mont[h]
The Strugle between my Duty and my affections towards my Family –which are Kindled when I See them opprest by an ungratefull Country, makes me verry un happy, but your Exellencys Exalted Sense of humanity, leaves ã pleasing impression upon my Mind, that I Schall be in no Danger, of loosing your Exellencys undeserved Esteem by this Delay. Iam with the greatest Respect Your Exellencys Most Obiedent mo[st] humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.