Philadelphia May 10th 1781
I do myself the honor to enclose you an Act of the United States, appointing Thomas Hutchins Geographer to the southern Army with the same pay and emoluments as are allowed to the Geographer to the main army.
Mr Hutchins is a native of New Jersey and was many years in the English service where he held the rank of Captain and Engineer; But having suffered considerably for his attachment to the American Cause he, in the begining of the last year [made] his escape from England & got to France; from whence he brought a letter from Doctr Franklin stating his sufferings & recommending him to the favorable notice of Congress as a good Officer and excellent Engineer.
Mr Hutchins is desirous of knowing the pay & emoluments allowed to the Geographer to the main army, and as I do not recollect any resolution of Congress fixing them I take the liberty of applying to you and should be much obliged for information on the subject. I am with great respect Sir Your most obed[ient] and most humble servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.