Head Quarters Passaic Falls Novr 7th 1780
Since my return from Hartford I have made particular enquiry reflecting the Canadians who addressed a Petition to me while at that place; upon this investigation it appears that the Persons in question after being exchanged by the Enemy as Prisoners of War; were retaken in the Gulph of St Lawrence by some of our Cruizers, and ought to be detained as Prisoners until duly exchanged.
I shall give directions to Mr Skinner Commissy Genl of Prisoners to take proper charge of them. I am Sir with great esteem & regard your Most Obedt Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.