Head Quarters Morris Town 4th June 1780
I have recd your favr of the 31st ulto. You have mistaken the meaning of the Act of Congress; it is not to prevent promotions where they are due, but to put a stop to new appointments except they are thought necessary by the Commander in Chief. You will therefore be pleased to apply in the usual mode to the State for the vacant Majority to which you say you are intitled. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.