George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Hamilton, 7 December 1780

New York December 7th 1780


Having been informed that Congress had referred to your Excellency the affair of exchange for all prisoners of war, I am induced to think the government of Virginia has relinquished the claim to myself and other persons taken at the same time, as prisoners to that particular State.

As in the proposals hitherto made for an exchange of prisoners, I have been particularly excepted, I have to hope this point may be at length adjusted by your Excellency’s orders and instructions to Major Skinner, Commissary General of prisoners for the American army who is here at present.

That gentleman has informed me, that he has not as yet had any orders relative to my exchange but has very obligingly assured me, my letter should be transmitted to your Excellency with all possible dispatch.

Colonel Mathews by composition, and Lieutenant Colonels Porterfield, DuBuysson and Towles having been proposed at different times, for exchange against me, and being officers whose liberation may interest the particular state of Virginia I have room to hope your Excellency will relieve me from my present state of suspence, either by a final exchange, or an extension of my parole, which may admit of going to Europe, in which case Lieutenant Colonel DuBuysson may (I appprehend) obtain leave also, to go for Europe on his parole, should his being exchanged against me not take place.

Should your Excellency finally determine this affair, I must intreat the favor of you to let me have the earlyest intimation. I have the honor to be with due respect Sir your Excellency’s very obedient and most humble Servant

Henry Hamilton

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