Hackett Town 4th Augt 1780
Have hitherto had a Guard of twenty five men at this place, likewise and equal number at the port at Sussex Court House, the greatest part of the slower is now forwarded, have reduced the Guards to a Serjt & twelve at each port, thinking since the capture of Moody I had little danger to apprehend.
The Milittia continues on duty without grumbling, the hurry of their work being over, I think my presence here unnecessary any longer, would therefore beg for premission to join my Regiment. I have the Honor to remain Your Excellencys Obdt Servt
Wm Helms Capt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.