University. Philada Aug. 28th 1780
I have it in Charge by Message from Mr Gadsden to apply to your Excellency on his Behalf to obtain his Exchange. Your Knowledge of Mr Gadsden, & Disposition to serve your Fellow Citizens, particularly Men of Mr Gadsden’s Rank & Merit, who must feel very unhappy, & meet with many Insults while in the Hands of the Enemy, make it unnecessary to urge “your Excellency on the Occasion” — I would only apologize for the application not coming directly from himself by informing, that, as the Enemy seemed somewhat particular in his Parole, he has made it a Point not to write to anyone of his Friends, among whom he has the Honor of ranking your Excellency, & for whom he has the highest Esteem. Mr Gadsden was Lieut. Governor of South Carolina when Charles Town fell.
As a flag will shortly sail for Charles Town a Line informing what prospect there is of his Exchange being effected, to be forwarded by the flag would be very acceptable to Mr Gadsden. I Have the Honor to be Your Excellency’s most obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.