Long Island Decr 12th 1780
I have the honor of addressing your Excellency upon the most disagreable subject I have ever wrote on. I find by Commy Genl Skinner that the British will not Exchange me unless they receive a Lt Colo. for me, I was captur’d as Master & Commander of an Arm’d Vessell in the United States service, and held no rank in the Line of the Army higher than a Captain with respect to my Command refer you to Brigd. Genl Edwd Hand, who will inform you of the Orders he recv’d from Congress respecting me—My situation is truly deplorable Major Skinner can inform you of it. resting assur’d your Excellency will exert yourself in my favour I have the honor to be your Excelly most Obt & very hble sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.