New Bourrough 8 May 1781
May it Please your Excellency
I came to this Place Last Night before Last, On my way to Camp I met your Excellencies Orders of the 19th Ult. I had all the men with me Excepting two that were so Lame that they were not Abel to March Out but on Reicet of your Excellencies orders Respecting those that had Families that their Circumstances were Dystressing I Sent back Eight men whose Particular Circumstances I Shall make A Return of soon after my Arivel in Camp. I would wish to be Questioned by your Excellency the Reasons for my absence to this time I have the Honnour to be your Excellencies Most Obt Humbe Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.