New York 22nd Decr 1782
I beg leave to inform your Excellency that I arrived here in the Packet from England on Tuesday last. That I left Annapolis, where I was resident near five years as Physician to Govr Eden, about two years preceding the present dispute, to which place I am now on my return.
Permit me to solicit your Excellency’s passport to Maryland. This letter will be conveyed to your Excellency by the first opportunity in which I could confide; and it is my intention to leave this place, so soon as I possibly can, for Dobbs’s Ferry, where I hope to meet yr Excellency’s passport; but if I should arrive there before it, I will presume to make the best of my way to yr presence being favored with a letter from Doctor Franklin to your Excellency. I am with the utmost respect your Excellency’s Most obedient Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.