Redding April 20th 1781
It is now five Days since I have first walked from my Bed to the [ ] I have moved as [fair] as I have any Right to expect since that [ ] continues very weak. I hope the [ ] Day to go abroad; and when I gain Strength sufficient [ ] hope a Journey will restore my Strength as well as Health; I am at present unable [to] attend to the Business you committed to my Charge; Captain Walker will take charge of those matters and doubtless communicate to Your Excellency what he finds important; I can only say that the Steps taken in that [affair] seem [ ] the operations of the disaffected to a Stand at present they [seem] to be waiting Events, I cannot but [ ] your Excellency in the absence of the british Fleet to order an Expedition to Lloyd’s Neck, Two Frigates would be sufficient to cover the Operations and five Hundred men will be quite sufficient to [render] the attempt Succesful [those] with the Ships can perhaps be ordered from Rhode Island where no jealousy will be [occa]sioned by the movement, this Expedition if successful will give peace to our Coast the whole Summer and on that point of [Light] will be important and very grateful to this Country; if your Excellency should order this Expedition I think I have many Reasons to claim to Command it and must beg your Excellency not to deny me: but if my Reasons should [induce] you to order any other Officer to Command; I must beg your permission to go with the Expedition and Command or not as You see fit. I am Dear General your Obedient Humble Servant
Saml H. Parsons
DLC: Papers of George Washington.