Head Quarters near Passaic Falls 21st Octobr 1780
I have received your favr of the 14th. I had determined not to march the Levies, attached to your Regiment, to the Army, as their term of service was so nearly expired, and as Count Rochambeau expressed a wish that the Regiment might remain with him, I assured him that it should not be ordered away while he thought it of any service to him. Your stay will therefore depend upon circumstances.
As I never wish to inflict a punishment, especially capital, but for the sake of example, and as you seem to think the execution of Windsor Fry not so necessary upon that account, now, as it was before, you have my consent to pardon him. I am Sir Your most obt Servt