Philadelphia Decemr 2d 1782
My children are so exceedingly anxious to return to Albany and so prepossesed with an Idea that they cannot recover their health whilst they remain here, that I propose to move them as soon as they shall be deemed capabable of the Journey—It is at present my in tention to apply for Sir Guy Carltons leave to pass the Harbour of New York in a Shallop from Elizabeth town. If it is not improper I have to Intreat Your Excellency that directions may be given to the officers commanding at the posts in the river to permit the vessel which may convey may be to pass—If such an order should Interfer with any arrangements you may have made, I beg to be advised of It in which case I will attempt to procure a vessel within our lines and embark there for Fish Kill, or [furt]her up If the state of the river will permit. I have the Honor to be with Great Esteem, and affection Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.