Boston January 25th 1781
My dear General,
As General Knox who well knows the state of our affairs here, will be with Your Excellency as early as this can reach you, I may omit many matters which otherwise I should think it my duty to mention.
I am informed that Congress have acceded to a general exchange, and that it is left with Your Excellency to carry it into effect, at such time as you shall think proper.
I know too well Your Excellency’s feelings for the distresses of those of our people who are in captivity, not to be convinced that the first proper moment will be seized to execute a measure, which will so effectually promote the happiness of many, who, it appears to me, have reserved every attention from their country.
The enclosed is a list of a number of good men (not in the line of the Army) who, before I left Charlestown, solicited my interest in procuring their exchange—I wish when an exchange shall take place that these persons may be subjects of it.
I have no doubt but there are many other citizens, who wish to be exchanged—if these names can be obtained I hope they will enjoy the same benefit. I am My Dear General, with the greatest esteem, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
c.25 January 1781
Volunteers in the advanced redoubt during the siege
Benjamin Cudworth Boston
John M. Whitney
Merchants, and Inhabitants of Chas Town
John Edwards junr
Volunteers in the Batteries
Theophibus Elsworth of Chas Town,
John Coffin and Saml Butler of Boston
Francis Bremar—late dy of Mustery—taken as a Militia man.