Philada April 16th 1781
I take the liberty to enclose herewith a Note rec’d last Winter from Andrew Elliot Esqr. of New York requesting me to forward a Commission of Genl Robertson’s which was taken onboard a Packet & brought in here, I have had a good deal of trouble to obtain this Commission but having at length succeeded, I think it most proper to send it to your Excellency, that You may convey it safely to New York and thereby pay a Compliment that will entitle a return of Civility whenever any matter turns up to make it desirable I have no Idea that there can be any impropriety in sending in this Parchmt but if you think otherwise let it be returned and I will again deposite it in the Admiralty Court. With every wish for Your safety, Success & happiness I remain most truely Your Excellencys most Obedient & devoted humble servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.