Head Quarters 23d Feby 1781.
I am favd with your Letter of the 18th—I have never recd any intimation of Mr Wilkinsons intention to resign his present Office, but from your letter, and from a hint which he himself sometime ago dropped in one to Mr Tilghman, I cannot therefore with propriety go into the recommendation of a new Officer, untill I am officially informed of the resignation or removal of the old one, or indeed without my concurrence or opinion is asked by those who have the right of appointment. This much I can assure you with much truth—that your conduct, since you have been in the department, has been perfectly agreeable to me, and that if, upon the application of yourself or your friends to Congress for the succession to Mr Wilkinson, I should be consulted, I shall with pleasure give you that character which I think your past conduct intitles you to & any assistance in my power to procure you the Office—You are at liberty in the mean time to make any use of this letter which you may think proper. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.