New York—April 6th 1780.
I have had the honor of receiving Your Excellency’s Letter of the 27th Ultimo respecting Mr Pintard; Any restriction in point of time exacted from him appears to be inconsistent, as his return does not wholly depend upon me: I cannot, however, but be of Opinion, that as far as his parole may have extended to restrain the freedom of Speech, it was a necessary Precaution, as his avowed intention was to return to New-York. It rests with You, Sir, to allow this to take place whenever you please; but if it is expected that Mr Pintard will be allowed to reside here in a public Character, I must again beg leave to acquaint You that a claim of this nature is inadmissable. I have the honor to be, With great respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient Servant.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.