Boston May 7th 1781
My Dear Genll
Your Letter of the 21st ulto, I receiv’d, and cou’d wish to have immediately obey’d its summons; but the necessity of my private affairs still obliges me (tho painfull) to request your Excellency’s patience ’till the first of next month; your Excellency may depend on it, that nothing shall detain me ’till then, but what is of the utmost importance to my future wellfare.
I am, with the greatest respect & esteem Your Excellency’s most obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.