War office March 26 1782
When your Excellency, some weeks since, took into consideration the number of Servants which should be allowed to the officers of the army—your determinations were confined to the line of the army only—I have to request that your Excellency would again take up the matter and determine the number which shall be allowed to the several grades in all departments of the army.
I shall be happy to learn your decision in this business. I have the honor to be, with sincere esteem, My dear General, Your most obedt hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.