Head Qrs Augt 30 1780
I have received your letter of the 22d Instant. It is impossible for me to make a final or even a parole exchange of the Officers you mention, because there are Others who have been much longer in captivity, and who, having a superior claim from that circumstance to be first released on one of these modes, would complain & remonstrate against the measure as being injurious to their rights. I have however represented the situation of the Officers, and the hardships to which they have been subjected to General Haldimand--and hope that they will be permitted every indulgence and liberty compatible with their situation and rank. And as it will be for the benefit of our Officers & Soldiers in his hands to be at New York, where they will equally share in every public provision made for our Prisoners will have the same chance of receiving supplies from their friends, and will be in the way of being released on a final or parole exchange, whenever it comes to be their right, I have requested General Haldimand to send them there. You will forward the letter addressed to him by a proper Flag, ’till it is met at some of the upper Posts.
From the difficult state of our finances at present and the embarrassments which attend the getting of money for the most pressing occasions--it would be well always to transmit your letters and dispatches by post from Albany, or some of the private Opportunities that are constantly offering, as it would save the public or Officers you employ to bring them a considerable expence. I am Sir With esteem Yr most Obed. St
DLC: Papers of George Washington.