Newburgh 15th May 1782
If you are not detained in Philaby unavoidable Means, and for valuable purposes, is it much my Wish that you should repair to this place as soon as it can be done conveniently.
I am in total Ignorance of your powers and prospects of carrying the Army into the field—and indeed of many other Matters essential for me to know. The hourly Expectation I have had of seeing you with the Army, has prevented me from issuing some very necessary Orders, and caused delays which I fear will be injurious to the Operations of the Campaign.
I am induced to write thus, as I learn from your Assistant, that it may yet be some Time, before you arrive at this post.
Your two Letters of the 23d and 30th of April have been received—a daily Expectation of your Arrival has prevented their being acknowledged before this. With Esteem and Regard I am Sir Your most Obedt Servt
CSmH: Papers of George Washington.