George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Wood, 9 April 1780

Head Quarters Morris Town April 9th 1780.


I have duly received your favour of the 16th March with its enclosures. The letters from General Hamilton have been sent in.

There are such jealousies prevailing in the Country against the British officers in captivity, and they really take so much pains wherever they go to debauch the minds of those they converse with and with so much success, that I do not think myself at liberty to grant the permission requested for the valetudinary officers of the Convention troops. If you should think the indulgence they ask absolutely necessary, I wish you to address yourself to The Board of War, informing them of my having declined the matter and my reasons for it. Indeed in all cases of a similar kind I would wish application to be made to the Board. A parole exchange has been agreed upon for Lieutenant Lord Torphicken of the 62d British Regiment and Second Lieutenant Hadden of the Artillery; and an actual one for Mr Robert Hoaksley Waggon Master and Nathaniel Collyer As. Deputy Commissary. You will give these Gentlemen passports to Elizabeth-Town to receive further directions there from the Commissary of Prisoners. A direct route should be marked out to them, avoiding Philadelphia and the army. I amwith great regard Sir Your most Obed. servt

P.S. When any letters are presented to you, which you think exceptionable or too pointed I should be glad you would make the objection on the spot. This will save referrences which may sometimes be embarrassing.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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