George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Peregrine Fitzhugh, 5 April 1780

Head Quarters Morris Town 5th: Aprl. 1780

Dear Sir,

Since you left Camp, General Phillips has solicited the Parole, of exchange of two Officers of the Convention for Mr Randolph and you. I could not, consistent with the practice I have uniformly observed, of giving a preference, whether for parole or final exchanges, to those who have been longest in captivity, consent to this proposal, so far as it respected you, in its full extent— But I have desired that Genl Phillips may be informed that the Officers required by him shall be sent in— that Mr Randolph and you shall remain out for a limited time—and that upon you return, the two oldest prisoners of ours of equal Ranks shall be allowed to come out— I have limited your times to the 15th July next— This I conceived the best method of giving you an opportunity of remaining somewhat longer with your friends, without materially injuring the rights of your Brother prisoners. Inclosed is the paroles required of you by the British Commissary of Prisoners. You will be pleased to sign one Copy and forward it to me, that it may be transmitted to New York. I am, &c.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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