George Washington Papers

From George Washington to General Henry Clinton, 5 February 1779

To General Henry Clinton

Head Quarters Middle Brook 5th Feby 1779


I do myself the honor to inclose the Copy of a Resolve of Congress of the 28th ulto respecting the Exchange or Return of Officers, as well British as American, who may have actually violated their Paroles.1 That the intentions of the Resolve may be the more readily and effectually carried into execution, I would propose that our respective Commissaries of prisoners may meet at such time and place as they themselves shall agree upon, to determine what Officers, on both sides, come strictly under the description of violaters of their paroles, and then to account for them mutually, according to the2 principles and agreements which have hitherto regulated their Exchanges.

I have had the honor of receiving your favor of the 23d ulto and am to thank you for your ready attention to the3 representation in behalf of Brown and Lasher. I have the honor to be with due Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, P.R.O., 30/35, Carleton Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For this resolution of 28 Jan., see GW to John Beatty, 29 Jan., n.1. The copy of the resolution that was enclosed to Clinton has not been identified.

2At this place on the draft manuscript, Tilghman first wrote “terms of an agreement entered into by Mr Loring and Mr Boudinot our late Commissary General of prisoners to the Army of the United States.” He then struck out that phrase and wrote above the line: “principles and agreements which have hitherto regulated their Exchanges.”

3At this place on the draft manuscript, Tilghman first wrote “my.” He then struck out that word and wrote “the” above the line.

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