Head Quarters, 14th Augst 1783
By the last post, I was honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 1st instt, enclosing the resolve of Congress, directing my attendance at Princeton—notwithstandg my Horses had arrived but a Day or two before, & were much fatigued, I should have set out immediately: had it not been for the indisposition of Mrs Washington, who, during my Absence, had been seized with a fever had a return of it since, & is now in a very weak & low State—This Circumstance, together with a desire of packing my papers, and making arrangements for a final remove (being uncertain of the Objects Congress have in view by my attendance, or how long I may be detained at Princeton) will I hope avail as an Excuse for my delay.
I propose setting out on Monday next, provided Mrs Washingtons Health will admit, or I should not have any thing from Congress in the mean Time, to prevent my Intentions. With great Respect & Consideration I have the Honor to be sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedient and humble Servant
DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.