Decembr 29th 1781.
May it please your Excellency.
I have been in this City upwards of two Weeks, & yesterday to my great surprize was committed to the City Jail, by an Order from the President of this state, for a supposed infraction of my Parole given in Virginia.
As the state of this matter will probably be laid before you by the Secretary at War, I have humbly to Request that your Excellency will be pleased to make the necessary inquiry into my Conduct, for whence it will appear that I have by no means violated the spirit of my Obligation as a Prisoner of War.
My very low state of health, my long train of misfortunes, & particular Situation not unknown to your Excellency, will I hope, operate so far in my favor as to mitigate the harshness of my present treatment. I have the honor to be very Respectfully your Excellency’s most Obedt & very humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.