George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elias Boudinot, 22 April 1778

From Elias Boudinot

Camp [Valley Forge] Aprill 22d 1778


Being just returned from German Town, I beg leave to inform your Excellency that I was happy enough to perfect the Exchange of the following Officers, for those of equal Rank due to us from the Enemy, which I hope will meet with your Excellency’s Approbation.1 I have the Honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Hble Servt

Elias Boudinot Com. Genl of Prisonrs

ALS, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169.

1The accompanying table, entitled “Exchange of Prisoners Aprill 20 1778,” listed the names of fifty-nine officers, including Maj. Gen. Charles Lee, Colonels William Irvine and Samuel Miles, and Lieutenant Colonels Selah Heart, Benjamin Holden, Ethan Allen, Stephen Moulton, Sr., and Thomas Bull. Two of the three surgeons exchanged were “to be named yet,” and the thirty-four privates were not listed by name.

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