George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Commissioners for Prisoner Exchange, 1 April 1778

To the Commissioners for Prisoner Exchange

Head Quarters Valley Forge 1st April 1778


The inclosed Resolutions of Congress came to my hand this instant, and as they are essentially necessary for your Government I have sent them immediately by Express.1

The first four Resolves are absolute and therefore you are obliged to insist upon the terms therein directed. But do not let the last embarrass you or impede your Business. I have so perfect a reliance upon your judgment and upon your prudence that you may depend upon my confirming whatever you may agree to.2 I am with the greatest Regard Gentlemen Yr most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS.

1For the resolutions, see Henry Laurens to GW, 30 Mar., and note 2 to that document.

2At this place on the draft, Tilghman wrote and struck out the words, “If there should be any point of particular importance upon which you would wish my opinion before you agree.”

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