Hd Qrs New Windsor April 5th 1781
I have been involved in such a variety of business since my return from New Port, as has prevented, until the present time, my acknowledging the receipt of the Letter which you did me the favor to write on the 25th Ulto.
It is not unusual, I believe, in different services, that the same Class of Gentlemen should (from the difference of the establishment) be entitled to different Rank & Military consideration. This cannot, under any circumstances, preclude a Man of Merit from the reputation he deserves.
That his Excellency the Count De Rochambeau, has reposed his confidence very properly in you I have not the least doubt—the honor of holding so important an Office as that of secretary, in such a respectable family, in addition to personal considerations, will ever entitle you to the very great esteem & regard of Sir Your Most Obedt & very Humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.