Rocky Hill 1st Octr 1783
I have been honored with your favor of Yesterday—As you think the Petition of the Officers (dated the 16th of June for Lands within a certain district therein described Northwest of the Ohio) has a different tendency to that which you propose for your Legion—As your views—my ideas—and the Sentimts of Congress may all differ. and Moreover as it would give me great pain to think that a previous declaration of my opinion restrained any application of yours which might ultimately have met the approbation of Congress at a time when the Settlement of the Western Country is like to become the subject of serious discussion—My advice to you is, to offer your proposal without delay to the consideration of Congress—They will, I doubt not, be handed to the Committee to whom all these matters are referred; and consequently will have all the attention given to them that the nature of the case merits. this, in my opinion, will be the most regular—the best—and speediest mode for you to obtain such a decision as will be final although it should not be altogether satisfactory. I am Sir.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.