Springfield January 13th 1781
In obedience to your Excellencys Commands Decmr 7th which I recd the first Instant.
I, immediately wrote to [nd] dept Comy Barber at Boston to procure a proper Guard to escort [nd] Collins and Send him to me at this Post.
Last evening Collins came to town under the care of a Sergt & two men, Sergant James Willes prersuant to his orders deliver’d Collins up to me and I lodged him in the County goal as I could not find a better Security.
By favor of Genl Knox and his direction I appointed Mr John Collins as dept Comry M. Stores Janry 1778 He to act as my clerk, which He, engaged to do & is, as I hoped,as he professed [it] would satisffy & animate him to the Chearful and faithful discharge of his duty. but my hopes and expectations where disapointed, he Soon grew Haught & imperious, however I did not belive him Capable of Such ingratitude and Villianous practices as now appear, I must own I Conceived so favourably of him & put too much trust & Confidence in him & have been Very much deceived by him.
after he found his ambitious Views frustrated He sett himself, to Traduce & injure me all that his envious proud & haughty Spirit, could devise.
I pray your Excellency will be pleased, to indulge me with timely notice of his tryal that I may be prepared with proper Evidence, and beg your orders & directions for my prosecuting the affair. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys, Most Obedient & most Humble Servant
Ezekl Cheever D.C.G.M.S.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.