Philada 16th March 1782
Brigr Genl Knox having laid before me the respective claims of Capt. Porter and yourself Signed by each of you—I am of opinion, from a consideration of all circumstances, that Capt. Porter is intitled to that Rank in the Line of Artillery which the Board of Officers appointed to arrange it conferred upon him. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.