Head Quarters New Windsor 29th Decemr 1780
I have received yours of the 23d. Before I can satisfy you on the point which you have submitted to my determination, you must inform me at what time you were appointed a Captain in the line of Massachusetts, and whether you were in the first instance appointed to that Rank, or whether you rose to it from a lower Grade—Because you may possibly be intitled to rank in the Army at large from the date of your Brevet Commission in July 1776, and in the line of Massachusetts from a later time. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.