Rocky hill 3 October 1783
When the Men inlisted for the War were sent home on furlough, not being able to do without a small detachment of Horse, a Serjeant, Corporal and Eight of Van Heers Dragoons were prevailed on to remain a Month or two longer[.] They have been extremely faithfull and serviceable—but their detention being much longer than was expected and not receiving any immediate recompense for their voluntary service they begin to be uneasy and without something is done for them will certainly quit me—as I cannot possibly do without them whilst I remain here—I could wish some little pay might be advanced them, say a couple of Months—the sum would be trifling—and would induce them to stay as long as they shall be wanted. What gives them an additional claim to this is that they laid out the greatest part of their three Months pay in Cloathing which they are now expending in public Service.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.