War office Jany 11th 1782
By a late resolve of Congress all officers under the rank of Brigadier not in the line of any State nor annexed to any corps are discharged the service saving such as the secretary at war shall return to Congress as necessary to be retained.
I beg your Excellency would mention such as are necessary to be kept either from polacy or otherwise—If I remember right you gave me reason to hope for your advice in this matter before the resolve passed. I have the honor to be Dear General Your Affectionate hum. Ser.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.