Philadelphia May the 30th 1781
As I am flattered with the hopes of a speedy exchange, by the kind exertions of Count de Rochambeau & Chevr de Barras, & wish most earnestly to return to activity immediately after, I shall beg your Excellency to honor me with your orders about my future destination in the army—Col. Armand wrote me before he sailed for Europe, that your Excellency intended I should be arranged to his legion: but I have not heard, since, what had been ultimately determined about it—The Baron Steuben, before leaving Philadelphia—expressed also, his wish, to me, that I might continue in the department of the Inspection & was to propose it to your Excellency—My Knowledge of the Sother States, on the other hand, & certain readyness, in speaking & writing the foreign languages, might perhaps under the present circumstances, of combined armies & fleets, render me of Some further utility near your Excellency’s person; & this I can assure you, would be a most flattering thing to me—But your Excellency knows best, from my past services, in what line I can be most usefull, & I shall always be disposed & happy, to do whatever you may think proper to order. I am with the greatest respect & attachment your Excellency’s most obedient & humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.