Fish Kill 12th January 1781
May it Please Your Excellency,
The Bearer Capt. William Thompson a Citizen from New York having been brought up to the Sea and for many years Sailed out of that Port, I take the Liberty to Recommend him as a Gentleman well acquainted with our Coast and the Channel. he is I am certain well attached to the Cause and has been a Prisoner in the City Close Confin’d for Seven Months—If Your Excellency can place him in any Business that may induce him to tarry as he has a family to Provide for he will not be under the Necessity of going to Sea which he must do for a livelyhood. I am Your Excellencys Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.