Head Quarters Jany 21. 1783
Mr Wm P. Smith of New Jersey Represents that Wm Deane inlisted into one of the Jersey Regiments at the age of 14—that being under Age he was not a proper subject of Inlistment and that on the necessary proofs being produced Colo. Dayton agreed to discharge him that however being an unruly Child his friends were advised to let him Remain in the Army for some time inorder to break his unruly Spirit and prevent his ever acting so again this they say is effected and they now apply for his discharge and alledge that he is not now 16 Years of Age.
the General wishes an Enquiry to be made whether the above facts are truly stated and if there are any other circumstances attending the matter.
I will thank you to take the trouble and to acquaint me of the result—the lad is I believe in the second Reg. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.