Head Quarters New Windsor 16th May 1781
I am directed to enquire whether permission will be granted to ship 600 Hhds of Tobacco from the States of Virginia and Maryland to Charles Town in South Carolina, to be there sold, and the proceeds applied to the support of the American prisoners of War.
Should this proposition meet your Excellency’s approbation, I will transmit the names of the Vessels and Masters and apply to you for the necessary passports or it may perhaps be equally convenient to give directions to Major General Phillips or the Officer commanding His Britannic Majestys forces in Virginia to grant the passports there. I have the Honor to be Your Excellency’s Most obedt and hble Servant
PRO: Carlton Papers.