28 October 1780
If it be your Excellencys Pleasure that Col. Kolhler, With his Nephew, Luit. Stodinrath, go to N. york on Parole, to remain till an exchange on Parole, or otherwise, can be expected—It will greatly oblidge this old gentleman who proposes to Quit the service, as he is inferm and thincks another winter here will kill him.
Should your Excellency thinck proper to permit him to go, he Earnestly begs your Excellencys goodness, to Permit his Nephew, to Accompany him; he dotes, on him, & thinks he cant be happy without Mr Studenrath.
I would not have troubled your Excellency on this Subject, but thinck it an act of Humanity, in his peculiar situation, and may tend to answer some good Purposes, your Excellencys Direction, shall be the rule for my Conduct.I have the Honr to be, with Perfect Esteem, your Excellencys Faithfull—and Most Obdt Hume Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.