Camp October 5th 1780
A new dispisition of the army going to be made, and an officer appointed to the command of West Point and the district on the East side of the North River; I take the liberty just to intimate my inclinations for the appointment. your Excellency will judge of the propriety and determin as the honor of the Army and the good of service may require.
I hope there is nothing indelicate or improper in the application, I am prompted to the measure from the feelings incident to the human heart, as well as encoraged in the hope that it would meet your approbation, from the flattering manner in which you have been pleased to speak of my conduct upon different occasions.
I shall make use of no argument[s] being perswaded my pretentions and inclinations will have their full operation; and that nothing short of the public good or Military propriety, will contravene my wishes.
My first object is the freedom and happiness of my Country. With these your Excellencys reputation and glory are inseperably connected; and as it has been my constant wish, so it shall be my future indeavor to promote the establishment of both. I am with great respect and regard your Excellencys Most Obedient humble Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.