George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Madison, 21 December 1780

Philada Decr 21st 1780


We received this morning a letter subscribed by Peter Thornton informing us that he is the son of a gentleman in Virginia, that he lately made his escape from N. York and is now detained by your Excellency till some testimony shall be given by the Delegates from Virga in his favor. Although we are total strangers to the youth, and are very imperfectly informed of his case yet as we have us reason to doubt his being the son of the gentleman he calls his Father, whom we know to be of respectable character & family and firmly attached to the independance of his Country, we venture to request your Excellency to permit him to proceed on his journey to Virginia Upon his arrival here we shall have reason to Inspect the reality of his professions, we shall take the necessary steps to [frustrate]the views of Imposters. We have the honor to be with the highest respect & esteem Yr Excelly’s Most obt & humbe Servts

James Madison Junr

Theok Bland

NN: Emmet Collection.

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