Head Quarters March 31 1783
I have received information that Captain Ogden of the Jersey Line has lately been into the City of New York—As I conceive there is a great Military impropriety in such conduct unless he had proper authority for the purpose, and as I am totally unacquainted with any permission he could have had, I must request you will please to order him to the Army immediately, that a public investigation may be made into the matter, unless satisfactory reasons can be given for the unprecedented conduct he has adopted. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Servt
P.S. Being informed by the official Proceedings which have come into my hands that Colo. Ogden is not now employed on public business I wish to know the occasion of his absence at a time when another field Officer in the same Regt had leave of absence from the 1st of Janry to the 15th of April.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.