Poughkeepsie Augt 22nd 1783.
I take the Liberty of inclosing to Your Excellency, a Letter for Lieut. Colo. Humphrys containing a Letter to His Excellency the president of Congress, praying an Answer to my Memorial formerly presented to Congress, for the Depreciation of my pay while acting as a Mustering Officer & for the 12 Months pay allowed those Officers as a Gratuity on their discharge.
I have comprised in my Application the Cases of Messrs Henry Rutgers, Richard Lush and Jacob Jno. Lansing who acted as my Deputies till the date of our Dismission.
I trust there will be less Opposition to the Attainment of My Just dues, when it is considered that the Judge Advocate and every other Civil Staff Officer, except Commiss: & Q. Masters have received their Depreciation. Even the Clerks & others in the Hospitals, who have lived at public Expence, have received more than the Demand I have against the public, upon better Grounds, can possibly amount to. And the more so, as I am not entitled to the five Years Commutation.
I wish my Depreciation may come from the State of New York, whose [ ] will command from 12 to 14/ in the pound & by that Means enable me, without Inconvenience to replace the Loss of my Books which were captured at New York by the Enemy, while I was [employed] in the Northern Army. The Continental [ ] will not command Cash, I therefore wish Congress to recommend my Case to our Legislature a[gree] able to the prayer of my Application.
Your Excellency’s promised friendly Offices [to] procure my dues above stated will add one [more] to the many Obligations conferred on me.
Your Excellency’s private Letters to Decr last will be transcribed by to Morrow Evening & will nearly fill the IInd Volume. Those for this Year are all prepared. I wish all the Letters both public & private to the 31st Augt included to be sent to me as early as possible As by the day those arrive, Mr Taylor will have [ ] compleated the Copying of all the papers I ha[ve].
I [wish] my Respects to Mrs Washington & beg Leave to subscribe [to] Myself with the most sincere Affection & Attachment Your Excellencys Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.