New York May 23d 1782.
Yesterday evening I received Your Excellency’s Letter of the 21st inst. proposing that proper passports be granted for the return of a number of unfortunate inhabitants of So. Carolina, mostly Women & Children, who have been removed from their Province by British Officers, and that the expences of their transportation be defrayed by the King.
In answer, I have the honour to inform You, Sir, that without inquiring into the reasons, which occasioned their removal, & forgetting all those severities which have imbittered our unhappy divisions, I shall with great pleasure, fully comply therewith, and in so doing I only pay strict obedience to the Kings benevolent intention.
If Your Excellency will be pleased to send me returns of all such persons, I shall order a sufficient number of transports to be prepared with as much dispatch, and with as great convenience for these unfortunate People as circumstances will permit, & the transports shall Sail to any Port You are pleased to point out. I am with much respect Sir Your most obedient Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.