Head Quarters 1st May 1782
Your Favor of the 9th April would have been answered before this time—but that the Commisioners at Elizabeth were in Negociation—& it was hoped that Measures to effect a General Exchange would have been adopted—This Negociation is now closed, without accomplishg the desired purpose—In Consequence of which all Exchanges will cease untill the Determination of Congress thereon—this Circumstance Will put it out of my power to comply with the request for your Exchange.
It is intirely out of my province to make Applications to Congress for Money as you request—therefore I shall be readily excused in not makg a Compliance to that part of your Letter. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.