philad. 18 feb. 1781
I do not know where this letter will find you at newwindsor or at newport. I have been told to-day you set off last thursday, but that report appears some what uncertain. I suppose that you have received the letter which I wrote to your excellency some days ago. I begged leave to stay here some time unless you have some reasons to desire my attendance to Rhode island. I have not received your answer. if I receive none I suppose it will be because you will be gone, I will take the liberty to stay in philadelphia Mr de Castaing having some business at providence, and boston, the minister has desired him to Carry the pacquets received to day from france for Count Rochambeau and others. if these dispatches are very important probably, I beg your excellency to give the quarter master the necessary orders for supplying him with fresh horses. I heard with great displeasure that Commodore paul jones has brought neither Arms nor Cloathing. I have the honour to be with great Respect your excellency, the most humble and obedient servant
PHi: Gratz Collection.