George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Phillips, 13 December 1780

Head Quarters New Windsor 13th Decemr 1780


I have recd your favr of the 8th proposing the final exchange of Governor Hamilton, in an extension of his parole to Europe—That Gentleman being considered as a prisoner to the state of Virginia and therefore solely at the disposal of the Executive Authority thereof, I do not conceive myself at liberty to enter into any negociation upon the subject—You will oblige me by informing Governor Hamilton of this—he having written to me on the same Business—Major Hay is also considered as a prisoner to the state of Virginia, and at their disposal also. I have the honor to be Sir Yr most obt and hble Servt

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