George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 23 October 1780

Philadelphia October 23. 1780


Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed two Letters from the Chevalier du Buyson (who was one of the Baron de Kalbs Aids; made Prisoner with him and now on Parole) desiring Leave to return to Europe, together with the Copy of an Act of Congress of the 21. Instant, referring his Request to your Excellency, to act thereon as you shall think proper.

I have also the Honor to transmit you enclosed the Proceedings of a Board of General Officers respecting Major André published by Order of Congress. And am with every Sentiment of Respect your Excellency’s most obedint humble Servant

Sam. Huntington President

P.S. Your Excellencys Despatches of the 16. & 17. Instant have been received.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Annaps Sept 21st 1780


I had the honour of writing to Your Excellency as soon as I arrived at Hillsborough Informing you of the Death of the Baron and of my being bound to Philidelphia & Expected at that time to have been their by this but the continuall Pains of my brest the wound, in my Arms and Fever allow me but A few hours in a Day to traval and as I fear I Shall be Detained too long in the Road I beg leave to lay before Your Excellency my Present situation.

After the Death of the Baron the British Doctor having Declared the impossibility of my recovering my health in this Country Lord Cornwallis Immedeately Granted me leave to go to Congress to Lollicut my Exchange and Nominated Lt Col. Hamilton for that Purpose if that Gentleman or some other is not found I shall be Obliged to Deliver myself Up at New York by the first of November.

As the Exchange of Lt Col. Hamilton cannot take place it being so hurtfull to the states and as my health is much impaired by my wound and not like to mend Very soon in this Country—I must beg Your Excellency to Authorize Genl Washington to Exchange me as soon as possible that I may not be Obliged to Go to York but may have the Priviledge of Returning to my Country.

I have the Honour to be with Great Respect—Your Excellencys most Obedient and Very Hume Servant—

Le Chv. Dubuysson


Philada Octob. 17th 1780


Notwithstanding the many obligations I am already under to your Excellency, I still must request your further Indulgence and beg you to lay before Congress, my being one of the last Prisoners that in case exchange should take place it will not extent so far as me, and my present Situation being the most disagreable and my health being greatly impair’d besides the last request of my Respectd Friend the Baron, that I should transact some particular Business in France for his Children, I therefore could wish that Congress would obtain leave for me to goe to France untill I am exchanged. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient & very Humble Servant.

Le Chv. Dubuysson

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