George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Phillips, 30 November 1780

New York Novr 30th 1780


I had the honour of receiving Your Excellency’s letter of the 9th Instant and was made very happy to find that you had been pleased to extend the proposed Exchanges so generally into execution.

Agreeable to Your Excellency’s desire I send the inclosed list specifying the name of the Vessel designed to carry the Stores and refreshments to the Troops of Convention, with the name of the Master and Number of Seamen required to navigate her.

I propose on my Part to Send only a Commissary with the Assistants mentioned to take charge of the British Stores &c., and Major General De Riedesel is desirous that two of his own Officers may go for the same purpose with respect to the German Cloathing.

I shall be glad that You will, Sir, direct the necessary Passports for this Vessel being considered as a Flag of truce, to be Permitted to go to James River in Virginia, and to return to New York whenever the Commission with which this Flag of Truce may proceed upon is compleated. I have the honour to be, Sir Your Excllencys most obedient humble Servant

W. Phillips

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Return of Officers and Men of the Ship General de Riedesel

c.30 November 1780

Return of the Officers and Men belonging to the Ship General De Riedesel of about 100 Tons burthen, a Flag of truce

Ship’s name General De Riedesel
Master William Boyes
Mate James Balie

and fourteen Seamen to Navigate Her.

Names & Rank of the Officers, &c. who have charge of the Stores, &c., &c.

In charge of the German Stores

Captain Gerlach

Lieutenant Herstall

Corporal Fitsch

Bernard Hageler Servt

Johan Jacob Buchner Do.

In charge of the British Stores

Mr Commy Hoakesley

Mr Richd Brasil, Clerk

Conductor Reilly

Serjeant Mudd

Wm Campbell

Asst Dr Q. M. G.

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