Philadelphia October 4th 1780
I have already written twice to Your Excellency Since my being made a prisoner, & nothing but the Circumstances pressing So hard upon me could induce me to trouble you with a third Letter A few Days after the unfortunate Death of my late General, three of the best English Physicians declared that my native Air was absolutely necessary for me to recover from my Wounds. Lords Cornwallis & Rawdon, to whose kindness I am extremely obliged, gave me leave to come to Philadelphia to sollicit my Exchange, & in case I Should not Succeed, I am to repair to New York against the beginning of next month—I am conscious of what disadvantage it would be to the states to Exchange a disabled Officer as myself for one capable of doing Services to the Enemy, I therefore, unwilling to make any improper demand , will be very well satisfied if I can but get leave to go to France, there to stay till I am perfectly cured of my Wounds, or till Congress are pleased to Exchange me. It is now impossible for me to go to New York, unless compelled, the ill state of my health & the loss of every thing I had in this Country having reduced me to a most miserable situation. I beg Your Excellency will be pleased to take these things into consideration & I shall willingly abide by whatever you will think proper to decide. I am with the greatest respect Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient & very humble servant
Le Chev. Dubuysson
DLC: Papers of George Washington.