New York 29th Septr 1780
Perswaded that you are inclined rather to promote than prevent the Civilitys and Acts of humanity which the rules of War permit between civilized Nations, I find no difficulty in representing to you that several letters and messages sent from hence have been disregarded, are unanswered, and the flags of truce that carryed them detained—As I ever have treated all flags of truce with Civility & Respect, I have a right to hope, that you will order my complaint to be immediately redressed.
Major André who visited an officer Commanding in a district at his own desire, and acted in every circumstance agreeable to his direction, I find is detained a prisoner; my friendship for him leads me to fear he may suffer some inconvenience for want of necessarys, I wish to be allowed to send him a few, and shall take it as a favor if you will be pleased to permit his Servant to deliver them—In Sir Henry Clinton’s absence it becomes a part of my duty to make this representation and request. I am, Sir, Your Excellencys, Most Obedient humble Servant,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.