George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Silas Deane, 22 August 1778

From Silas Deane

Philadelphia Augst 22d 1778.

Dear sir

I wrote you by Col. Bannister, which Letter You will have received before this;1 I now write by Capt. Webb, just to ask if any thing can be done for the Exchange of Col. Webb Prisoner as I learn on Long Island, I am very desirous of seeing him before I leave Philadelphia not only on Account of the Affection I bear him, but on Business of some Consequence to Us both, if an exchange cannot be effected at present, can he by no means obtain Liberty, to come out for a few Weeks, on his Parole? I am extremely sorry to Trouble You on the Subject, but I know your Freindship to both of Us, and I know not where else to apply. We are here in a kind of dead Calm, as to News, and very impatient for something favorable from NewPort. every thing that meets the least Opposition in Congress is subject to such delay that I really dare not hazard a Conjecture as to The Time I shall be detained here, I promise myself however To have the honor of waiting on You in about a Fortnight from This, in the meantime I am as ever Dear sir with the most sincere respect Your Excellencys most Obedt and Very humble Servt

Silas Deane


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