Philada Septr 28th 1780
I am indebted to Andw Elliot Esqr. of New — York for many Acts of Friendship; Civilty & Humanity Shewn by him at my request to various American Prisoners in that place, He has obtained their liberty to return on Parole, to be exchanged, or advanced them Money just as their Circumstances required and I have had no call to make return’s untill now, that a Captn Mure of the 82d Regt lately taken onboard a Packet bound from England to New York, is a Prisoner at Lancaster, and Mr Elliot desires me to obtain leave for him to go into New York on Parole and an exchange if possible as he will interest himself to have any American officer that shall be Named of equal Rank sent out immediately in return for Capt. Mure who is a near Relation of His. as I am sure your inclination will not only lead you to oblige me but also to enable any Friend of this Country to return obligations of the Nature of those, I owe to Mr Elliot it is not necessary that I urge a compliance with this request which will not be refused unless the interest of our Country or the Rule of your duty, forbid what I ask, and in either case, I woud neither make nor persist in such an application. I applied to the Board of War, they informed me that Doctr Wethersp[oon] had interested himself on behalf of Capt. Mure, but from the Tenor of some late Resolutions of Congress on the Subject of Prisoners, they thought it more proper you shou’d alone decide on these points, otherwise they were disposed to permit Capt. Mure to go in on Parole—With the most perfect esteem & Respect I have the Honour to be Your Excellencys most Obedt hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.