West Point 7th August. 1780
I beg your Excellency would grant me a request to Carry my boy with me, who since three years wait on me, I have no other at present, and I Cannot get one to go with me so far off. Colo. Sprout is willing if your Excellency will give order for it. I am Your Excellency with perfect Respect very Humble and most obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.