Head Quarters New Windsor 16th April 1781.
I have received your favor of the 2d. You will readily perceive the impropriety of my interfering in an election which depends upon the will of Congress, before they have been pleased to ask my opinion; and as there probably will, in case of Colo. Flowers’s death, be more than one application for his Office, I should chuse to withhold the promise of a recommendation to any particular person, that I might be at liberty to give my voice, if asked, in favor of him who on every account seemed best intitled to the succession in question. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.