Colonels Charles O’Hara and Humphrey Stephens,
and Captain Richard FitzPatrick to
Colonel William Grayson,
Lieutenant Colonels Robert Hanson Harrison
and Alexander Hamilton, and Elias Boudinot1
New Town [Pennsylvania] 11th April 1778
The Commissioners appointed by His Excellency Sir William Howe to take into Consideration all past Transactions relative to the Exchange of Prisoners, to adjust the differences that have so long subsisted in regard to them, to remove all Difficulties that may arise in carrying into Execution a General Exchange of Prisoners with both Parties at this Time, & finally to establish a regular & explicit Cartel for the future, Having received the Objections made to the Commission under which they act, from the Commissioners appointed to meet them for similar purposes by General Washington, are much concerned to find they are likely to prove an Obstruction to the Execution of so desirable a purpose. They conceive the Powers delegated to them by their Commission to be sufficient and ample, for effectually accomplishing the purposes therein contained, and hereby declare themselves ready and desirous of immediately entering upon a Treaty with the Commissioners appointed by General Washington for carrying in Execution the different Objects of their Commission.
Richd. Fitz Patrick
Lt. Col: Harrison
Lt Col: Hamilton
Elias Boudinot Esqr.
Transcript, PRO: C.O. description begins Transcripts or photostats from the Public Records Office of Great Britain deposited in the Library of Congress. description ends , part 5, vol. 95; copy, Reel 168, Item 152, V, p. 500, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives; copy, Reel 187, Item 169, IV, p. 298, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. The points at issue, mentioned in this letter, are fully explained in the report of the American commissioners to Washington, April 15, 1778.