George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Ramsey, 11 November 1780

Philadelphia Novemr 11th 1780


I am extremely happy in having it in my power to report, that in consequence of your Excellencies directions to the Commissary of Prisoners, I am now compleatly exchanged. The distance to head Quarters, and the inconveniency of travling, have induced me to hope, that your Excellency will excuse my not waiting on you in person to make the report, and receive your orders.

The small remains of the Regiment which I have the honor to command, is now in Carolina, where, I learn the whole of the Maryland Troops are thrown into one Regement, and those Officers of that line, not appointed to command in the new arrangement, are returned to the State. In this situation of affairs, I wish to receive your Excellencies commands, whither to proceed to the southward, or to remain in Mary[ld]—to assist in raising, and equipting the recruits to be raised. I have no wish or request to make for a furlough, but on the Contrary will esteem myself obliged and honored in being ordered to any duty in any place which will give me an opportunity of being active in the service of my Country.

As General Green passed on to take command of the southern division of the Army, I took the liberty of waiting on him, and mentioning the probability of my being soon exchanged, and my wish to join the Army, if my service could be of any immediate use, he was so obliging as to promise to write to me as soon as he arrived and examined into, and made the necessary Arrangements of troops under his Command. I have the honor to be with the utmost respect Your Excellencies Most obedient and Most Humble Servant

Nat: Ramsey

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