Hermitage 29th Jany 1781
Your Excellency’s favor of the 23 inst. I have received-- The Governor being at Borden Town, I waited, & forwarded his letter to him-- Our assembly, has adjourned untill May ninth.
I am enabled, by the Powers vested in me, to call into actual Service, the whole force of this State, on any emergency-- but cannot march the Troops into a Neighbouring State, without an Order from the Assembly, or the Governor of Privy Council.
By an Express, just returned from the Jersey Brigade, I am informed, the mutineers have returned to their Duty. but have not hear’d the mode of accommodation-- Should the assistance of our Militia, be necessary on any occasion, your Excellency may rest assured, of my utmost exertions, to bring them forward, to execute every Order I may be honord with-- I have the honor to be, Your Excellency’s most Obt Hume Servt
P.S. I intend spending the remainder of the Winter in Phila. & shall not be any greater distance from Jersey.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.