Head Qrs Septr the 15. 1780
I have received the honor of Your Letters of the 7th & 9th Inst and, in consequence of the former I wrote to Sir Henry Clinton on the 11th for the permit You request. As soon as it comes to hand it shall be forwarded to the Board. It is much to be wished that circumstances would admit greater supplies being sent for the prisoners, as I am very apprehensive they are materially wanted. Unfortunately the late affair near Camden has added considerably to the number of the officers in the hands of the Enemy. Every thing I trust and am persuaded will be done, in the power of the Board, from time to time, for the relief and accommodation of the prisoners in general. From a persuasion that a general permit would not be granted for sending Cloathing &c.—I did not apply for one; but if the Board will give me previous & timely notice I will always endeavour to obtain the necessary passports & I hope they will be granted without delay. The Provisions necessary for the Seamen, is seldom or never included I believe; but only such Articles as compose the Cargo.
The Letters & Papers from Genl Hamilton have not been sent to New York and will be put into the hands of Doctor Shields to be delivered to Lt Coan.
I beg leave to inclose a Certificate respecting Capn [ ] Van Dyke, who it seems was heretofore omitted to be included in the Artillery Returns made in consequence of the Act of the 15th March 1779. I also inclose a Return of Van Heer’s Officers & Men, made out agreable to that Act. He says he made one before, but not having received any of the benefits proposed by the Resolution, he offers the present One from an apprehension that the former might have miscarried. The Capn had likewise exhibited a Cloathing Return for his Troops, which I trouble the Board with as his Cloathing & that of the Cavalry in general has been furnished by their order. I have the Honor &c.
P.S. I have heard Lt Coan is gone into New York. The letters from Genl Hamilton will be forwarded by another conveyance.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.