Connectt Hutts 24th Feby 1781
I left my Hutt last Tuesday to visit the Rhode Island Troops, with General Heath’s Permission to make a Small Excursion to see my Family which was Twenty five Miles East of that Line of Troops on Conditien I was to be again at my Quarters to Day—I understand, on my Return, that Capt. Walker has gone Eastward, with your Excellency’s Commands For me; I have not seen him, if any Thing of Importance to be immediately executed is containd in those Instructions I shall be much obligd by receiving a Duplicate of them by the Bearer, and I hope your Excellency will not think me criminal in going two Days only to visit my Family with General’s Heath’s Consent & returning precisely at the Hour appointed. I am Sr with the greatest Respect yr obedt Servt
Saml H. Parsons
DLC: Papers of George Washington.