Philada 12th March 1782.
Major Barber, who now holds a Commission in the Line of the Army at large, informs me that if the State of New Jersey, to which he belongs, will grant him the Commission of Captain in one of their Regiments, he can prevail upon Captain Anderson to resign in his favor, and that he can obtain the consent of all the Captain’s junior to Capt. Anderson to his being admitted into his place—If Major Barber can affect the latter, I would take the liberty of warmly recommending the measure, because permanent provision will be made for a very meritorious Officer for whom it will be difficult otherwise to find employ—Should your Excellency’s influence with the Legislature be necessary to forward this matter, you will oblige me by using it upon the occasion. I have the honor to be &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.