George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General John Lacey, Jr., 4 April 1778

To Brigadier General John Lacey, Jr.

Head Quarters Valley Forge 4th April 1778


Commissioners from me are to meet others from General Howe on Monday next1 at Newtown to settle a Cartel for a general Exchange of prisoners. During the sitting of the Commissioners none of our parties are to enter the Town, and you are therefore to give immediate notice to all the Officers under your command to pay strict obedience to this order. The British Commissioners will probably come part of the way on sunday, they will be attended by an escort of horse and care must be taken not to offer the least insult to their Flag.2 I am Sir Yr most obt Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. If you fall in with any of the continental parties communicate the above to them.

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

1The following Monday was 6 April.

2On 6 April, GW’s aide Tench Tilghman wrote Lacey to clarify that “The Guards are not to be withdrawn from the Roads between Philada. and Newtown” (Swann Galleries Catalogue, 6 Nov. 1986, item 346).

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