Philadelphia Octob. 11th 1783
Several Officers belonging to the Southern Army have made application to me to use my interest with your Excellency for obtaining appointments in the peace establishment. Col. Harmer was among the first and a better Officer cannot be found; his whole soul is in pursuit of the profession of Arms. Col. Mentgez is also exceeding anxious to be put upon the establishment both from his fondness for Arms and from his having no other mode of obtaining a reputable livelyhood. He is certainly an excellent officer and has all those qualities which fits him for the service that will be expected from him. He is a good diciplinarian and an excellent economist. Capt. Singleton of Virginia belonging to the Artillery is strongly recommended by Lt Col. Carrington for the Artillery. There is no better Officer either for Action or Camp duty. I have seen him proved in both characters. Capt. Armstrong of the Legion is a brave good Officer without a fortune and desirous of being in service. He has signallised himself in so many instances this war that nothing more needs be said of his merit and pretentions. Capt. Zeigler who formerly belonged to the old Riffle Regiment at Cambridge and has been in the Army ever since in different characters in every one of which he has always discharged his duty with honor and integrity wishes to be on the list. I feel my self interested for him from his peculiar situation and hope your Excellency will have it in your power to serve him. The last person I have to mention is Capt. Dyer of Maryland. To give your Excellency a proper idea of his situation and wishes I inclose a letter from General Williams to Capt. Jackson of the board of War His family are in such a distressed condition that it will give me a particular satisfaction if you can accomodate the measures to his wishes. I hope your Excellency will excuse the liberty I have taken in recommending those Officers. I feel a friendship for them and as you have always honored me with your confidence I presume upon your endulgence. I am with esteem & affection Your Excellencys Most Obedt humble Servt
DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.