Elk March the 3d 1781
Having Been Impowered By Congress, the Board of War and the Virginia delegates to oppen Any Letter directed to them, I also took the liberty of Reading that of Baron de Stubens to Your Excellency wherein I found Useful intelligences.
My presence had been necessary to forward every Article from philadelphia—as soon as it Could Be spared I came here with all possible Speed—But notwithstanding promises the vessels were not Ready. My exertions shall be such that I hope we May be embarked Before we Hear of the Arrival of our friends. Most Respectfully and Affectionately I Have the Honor to Be Your Excellencys Most obedient Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.