Camp before York Town 9th October 1781
By the present Arrangement of the Army, the Regiment of the line to which I belong being on the North River, I have to request your Excellency’s permission to serve as a Volunteer, till the Siege against Lord Cornwallis is closed, at which time I shall feel myself extremely happy to obtain leave to rejoin my Corps in the Connecticutt Line.
For certain reasons I have at this time asking to join the Line, & shall esteem it a very Indulging favor to act without Command, during the present Expedition. I have the honor to be with the Greatest Resspect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Obedt Very Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.