New Haven June. 21. 1782
Will you Permit a Distressed Mother to Tell your Excellency that she has on Board the Jersey Prison Ship in New York her Only Son who from his Own Account and from others left on the Ship—suffers without Releif, no help from these Parts can be sent him as Flags are not to pass—I am Confident could I be permitted to pass. to LongisLand or New York, my Connexion are Such—I could be happy enough to Obtain his inlargement at least on Parole—Where must I apply For this Licence but to your Excellency may I look up to your Excellency at this most Critical Period For that assistance (by a Flag) which is so necessary to save the only Male Branch of my Family and on Whom I much Depend—my Sons Name is Joshua Sears a Nephew of Colo. Sears of Boston. I am with Constant Wishes for your Excellencys Protection, very Respectfully your Excellencys most Obedt Servant
P.S. Honnoured Sir this Son of mine has been a prisoner in England Since the year 1778 ’til december the 3: three years and one day was then Exchanged to france & traveled  hundred mile[s] & at last got a Pasage to Philadelphia in a letter of mark the Ship St James. She on her way fell in with and took a brig belonging to great Britton my son was Sent on board her and she was orderd into the Same Port: was taken again and Brought into Newyork where he is confind without mony or friends: I therefore would Pray your Excellency to grant the above Request. most Obed. Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.