George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Lincoln, 25 January 1781

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

B. Lincoln

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


c.25 January 1781

Volunteers in the advanced redoubt during the siege

Wm Basquen

Nathl Blundell

Benjamin Cudworth Boston

John M. Whitney

Merchants, and Inhabitants of Chas Town

Thomas Hughes

John Edwards junr

John Blake

Daniel Hall

Volunteers in the Batteries

John Mercier

Turpin Holroyd

Danl Brown

George Arthar

Jacob Millegan

John Albany

Henry Low

Thomas Findlay

Fredk Lyhme

William McCrea

Charles Kent

Wm Hall

Abraham Jones

John Langford

Theophibus Elsworth of Chas Town,

Daniel Rhodes

Benj. Tucker

Isaac Burke

John Coffin and Saml Butler of Boston

Francis Bremar—late dy of Mustery—taken as a Militia man.

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