Head Quarters 22d Novemr 1780
The appointment to which you interest yourself in behalf of Mr Watkin’s does not lay ultimately with me, but as it is more than probable that Congress will consult me before they nominate a successor to Mr Erskine, I think it but a peice of candor to declare that I shall think myself obliged in justice to Mr De Witt, who has been long and constantly in the office & of whose abilities I have heard Mr Irskine speak in very high terms—to recommend him to the vacancy occasioned by Mr Erskines death. I have been unreserved upon the occasion, because it would not be treating a Gentleman of Mr Watkins’s character with propriety, to amuse him with false expectations. I am Dear Sir very sincerely yours.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.