Octr 21st 1780
I have received your letter respecting Mr Garanger. From the School in which he has been taught, it is probable he possesses a knowledge of Artillery which may render him very useful. Experiment will best decide his knowledge of the practice and it will be the best ground upon which to recommend him to Congress— I request you therefore to send him to West Point to make the experiment by throwing a sufficient number of shells to make it complete, under your own eye, or under the eye of officers on whom you can depend— The sooner this is done, the better; and we shall then know whether we ought to recommend Mr Garanger or not. I am Dr Sir Yr Obed. Serv.
P.S. I will write to General Heath to give his permission when you apply to him.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.