To Thomas Grenville3
Copy:4 Library of Congress; transcripts: Massachusetts Historical Society, National Archives
Passy May 31st. 1782.
I do not find that I have any express Authority to absolve a Parole given by an English Officer in America. But desirous of Complying with a Request of the Duke of Richmond as far as may be in my Power, and being confident that the Congress will be pleased with whatever may oblige a Personage they so much Respect. I do hereby consent that Capt. Macleod serve in his military Capacity, in England, only, till the pleasure of the Congress is known, to whom I will write immediately,5 and who I make no doubt will discharge him entirely.— I have the honour to be Sir,
3. In answer to a verbal request made by Grenville on May 26, on behalf of the Duke of Richmond; see the June 1 entry in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.
4. The copy and transcripts are in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.
5. We have found no indication that he did so.