Camp April 22d 1781
Receeived yours of of the 20th instant, am sorry to find myself under your Excellencys Displeasure respecting the Men at Wyoming—when Colo. Butler was in Camp in January he represented to General Parsons that several Men of the independent Company commanded by Capt. Spaulding had Families & were not likely to be of any Service to the public if called to do Duty in a marching Regiment as they would be oblieged to bring their Families with them—General Parsons proposed he would represent the Matter—& as Colo. Butler could not join immediately that those Characters should wait the last till his Waggon came on—soon after & before Capt. Spaulding joined in the Absence of General Parsons I wrote to & reminded Colo. Butler of the Proposal by General Parsons; find that Capt. Spaulding left Seven of his Company & that four of the other Men detached from the Connecticut Line were retained by Colo. Butler—but that Colo. Butler & the whole of the Men were expected on before this Time—know not from whence Mr Hurlbut got his Information, as your Excellency may depend on the above Representation to be true. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect your Excellencys most obedient Humbe Servt
J. Durkee Colo.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.