Head Quarters Orange Town 14th Augt 1780.
I am to acknowledge the Receipt of your two Letters of the 21st ulto. & the 8th Inst. to the Subject of which I have not been able to attend until the present Hour.
Whatever favorable Opinion I might entertain of your Military Abilities & Knowledge in your Profession, or however I might be disposed to foster & cherish Genius & Merit wherever they are discovered; circumstanced as you are, I should not think myself warranted to give You an Employment in the Army under my Command.
Altho’ I do not conceive it expedient, from a Variety of Considerations which must occur to every one, for you to engage in the Service of the United States; Yet I have given Directions to the Board of War for your immediate Liberation from the Restraint of which You complain. I am Sir Your most Obedt servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.