Philada 13th March 1782.
Messrs are delegated by the Merchants of this City to apply a sum of Money which has been raised by subscription to the relief of the Marine Prisoners in New York belonging to the Port of Philad. They are directed to consult you upon the most proper and efficacious mode of answering the benevolent intentions of the subscribers—The Gentlemen do not propose going themselves into New York—The Business may possibly be negotiated thro’ the British Marine Commissary. I am with great Regard Yr most obt servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.