Head Quarters 6th Augst 1783
Your Excellencys several favors, of the 17th, 24th & 31st of July, were received at Head Quarters during my Absence, and have been presented to me on my Return last Evening, which I effected by Water from Albany.
My Tour having been extended as far Northward at Crown point, and Westward to Fort Schuyler & its District, and my movements having been pretty rapid, my Horses, which are not yet arrived, will be so much fatigued that they will need some days to recruit—This Circumstance, with some Arrangements which will be necessary, previous to my leaving this place, will prevent my complying with the pleasure of Congress, intimated in your Letter of the 31st, so soon perhaps as may be expected. In the mean Time, your Excellency will have an Opportunity of transmitting to me the Resolution mentioned, that I may be acquainted with the Objects Congress have in view by my Attendence at Princeton, and that I may propose myself to fulfill their Expectations to the utmost of my power—With great Regard & Esteem I have the Honor to be Sir Your Excellencys Most Obedient and most humble Servt
DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.