1st May 1781.
Memorandum for His Excellency the Commander in Chief
As We are indebted to the Rebels 300 Privates, and from the best Information I have been able to procure, we have still 1000 Men if not more Prisoners with them, I beg leave to submit it to the Consideration of His Excellency The Commander in Chief, whether it would not be adviseable, to order all the Rebel Privates Prisoners at Charles Town that Lord Conwallis may not have Occasion for, to be sent to New York by the first safe Opportunity, & if none should Offer soon, to know what Number We may Engage to deliver the Enemy by a Cartel that may be sent immediately from Charles Town to Philadelphia
Josa Loring Com. Genl Prisrs
PRO: Cornwallis Papers.