Reading October 29th 1780
Since my obtaining your Excellency’s permission to leave the Geographical Department on account of the perplex’d situation of my private affairs, & also from the expectation of a speedy establishment in the Land Office of Pennsylvania, an alteration in my circumstances, & a probability that no arrangement in that office will take place for a considerable length of time, induces me to apply to your Excellency for the post of Geographer to the Army, vacant as I hear by the death of Mr Erskine, provided you should think my abilities competent to a station of that importance.
An intermitting fever, from which I am not quite recovered, prevents my waiting personally on your Excellency, & oblidges me to have recourse to the way of Letter. Whatever may be the event of my present application, beleive me to be with the utmost sincerity & respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.