Head Quarters 25th Augst 1782
In my Letter to you of the 22d I had no Idea of casting any Reflection, upon you, for the want of knowlege of the Sappers & Miners, in the Art of Blowing—I meant only to convey to you my Expectation of that being a particular Branch of their Instruction—& that, if they were not already informed in that necessary part of their Duty—they might be instructed.
The latter part of my Intentions, I am glad to find, you are engaged to fulfill—that they have not been heretofore informed in this Branch, I do not lay to your particular Charge—having ever viewed your Services in a very favorable Light. I am sir &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.