Head Quarters Passaic Falls 27th Novemr 1780
I have received your letter of the 21st instant—The opinion I have of your services and merit would make me chearfully give my influence to the accomplishment of your wishes, were I not persuaded that it would be attended with inconveniences—I cannot enter into the motives that have produced the promotions you speak of—I am sensible that by a comparison of your situation with that of the French officers in general, your claim is well founded; but the circumstances of our service now are very different from what they were at an earlier period, and many things have been done, which could not be admitted as a rule of present practice, without being not a little prejudicial.
I shall be really sorry if you should think it necessary to withdraw your self from the service on account of the ill-success of your application to Congress; You know the estimation in which I hold your talents and usefulness—If you continue you may assure yourself that I shall do what depends on me to make your command honorable and agreeable.
In addition to this, as I am persuaded, you will always maintain the same place in my esteem which you now possess, when you determine finally to return home, I shall take the liberty to recommend to Congress the promotion you desire. I approve the appointment of Mr Penet to a Lieutenancy in your legion, which must be confirmed by Congress before it can take place. I am with very great esteem & regard Yr most Obedt ser.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.