George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 18 December 1780

Garrison West Point Decr 18th 1780

Dear General

I have sent a Detachment under the Command of a capable diligent Field Officer to dismount, launch and bring up the boats from Kings Ferry; which have lately been brought there on Carriages. I wish the Quarter Master General or one of his assistants, may point out the most proper place at murderers Creek for laying them up; that the Officer on his arrival, may meet his directions.It is not propable the Boats will be up at Murderers Creek before tomorrow.

Two of the Prisoners of war who lately made their escape from the Provost at Fish Kill have been taken up, and brought back, by a party of Militia; one of the Militia who took them represents to me that his Son & a near Friend of his are Prisoners with the Enemy—He requests that they may be exchanged for the Prisoners retaken—I have answered him; that I would mention it to your Excellency. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

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