Head quarters, Highlands April 1. 1782
This will be presented by colonel Putnam of the 5th Massachusetts regiment, who will solicit your permission to be absent from the army for a short time. He was some time since appointed one of the arbitrators to ascertain the quantity of forage consumed by the allied army in West Chester county the last campaign, which has detained him, and will again require his attention on the 20th of May next. As your Excellency’s orders enjoin all officers to be with their corps by the 10th instant, I dare not presume to grant leave of absence to any beyond that period; but as colonel Putnam early mentioned to me the necessity of visiting his family and attending to some private business before the campaign opens, I am led to request your indulgence to him.
As soon as I hear of your Excellency’s arrival at Newburgh, I shall repair there, and have the honor of paying my respects. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.