Peeks kill Hollow Decr 30th 80
Your letter of the 8th Instant was recd. Since that time, I have not been in a situation to go out of my quarters much less to take Command in the field; and a dangerous Cough still attends me. The Troops of my Brigade are reduced to a very few, not more than a Colonels Command, and a sufficiency of Officers will be left to take Charge of them—If after these Circumstances, you can [consent]and with the good of the service, permit me to be absent, I shall be very glad. I have the Honor to be your Excellency’s most Obet and very Hle Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.