Highlands, April 13. 1782.
On the 13th of March I took the liberty to mention to your Excellency my wishes, as well as the necessity of my making a short visit to the eastward, before the campaign opened. Several family matters have since that time conspired to encrease my desire as well as the necessity of making the journey, if it can be granted. It is disagreeable to me to ask the indulgence at this season; but as circumstances have forbidden it before—although it is painful to ask a leave of absence, the alternative will be more so. I assure myself your Excellency will view this in its true light, with your usual candor. I have the honor to be, With the highest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.