Philadelphia Jany 24th 1781
The day after the unhappy Affair happened at Camp in the Line, I receiv’d a Letter from General Knox Ordering me on to Carlile to Superintend the Artificiers, in Compliance with his Order I have proceded thus far, & waited on the Board of War for my instructions. my desire to Serve my Country is as great as ever, but the Situation of my little family so Operates against my wishes & Lay’s me under the painfull necessity of troubling You, Sir, once more on the Subject of my retiring.
The plan propos’d to me by the General, for Coll Hamilton to take my place I hope will meet with the Approbation of the Gentlemen of the Corps at the park I can Assure you, Sir in the Regt to which I belong there is not a Desenting Voice I have wrote to the Generall on the Occasion, but have not been answerd Should I succeed on the Above plan & be indulg’d with an answer it will Add to the many favours already Confer’d on Your Excellency’s Most Obt Very Huml. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.