Philadelphia 4th Decr 1782
This accompanies a letter from Mr Morris tendering his resignation & offering an appology for not having joined his regiment—I must take upon myself the blame he may incur by the last—My absense detained him in the first instance, & my advise to him to be at Philadelphia when a Gent. shall be appointed to the place I have resigned as the most likely means to continue him in the line he at present is, has since detained him here.
Being persuaded of it myself, I have ventured to assure him, that your Excellency would readily accept his appology for not having resigned his commission or joined his regimt earlier.
I flatter myself with the hopes of having the honor with Mrs Livingston to pay our comps. to your Excellency & Mrs Washing upon the banks of the Hudson, in the mean while I pray you to offer her our respectful comps. & to believe that I am with the most respectful attatchment & esteem Dear Sir Your Excellencys Most Ob. hum: Servt
Robt R. Livingston
DLC: Papers of George Washington.