Lancaster Aprl 22d 1783
I with much pleasure congratulate your Excellency on the happy conclusion of the War the Advantages to this country are Amazing & the Teritory great.
Should any Garisons be kept in the Frontier & any regular peace Establishment in this state a recommendation from your Excellency I am confident, aded to the good Opinion the State have of me would be sufficd to Establish me in command, how far your Excellency may think this proper I refer entirely to yourself I pray you will not think it hard for an old Soldier to Apply to his General at the close of A War for A recommendation—I have Also to request Your Excellency to be so kind as have the bearer Lieut. Pratt of the 3d P. Regt & Lieut. Beaty of Same Regt Appointed in General Orders the former as quarter master, the latter as pay master he being balloted for by the Officers of the Regt [ ]—may your Excellency enjoy health & happiness is the Sincere wish of your Excellencys most Obedt & very Hbl. st
R. Butler Col.
3d P. Regt Comdg
DLC: Papers of George Washington.